Dry Mouth With Braces

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If you have braces and experience some side effects such as a dry, cottony feeling in your mouth, there are solutions that can allow you to remain comfortable with your mouth until the braces are gone.

Significance

If you're a candidate for braces, your dentist will examine your mouth by taking X-rays and performing an oral exam. He should ensure that all of your teeth are properly aligned and your bite is even in conjunction with your jaw. If he sees a problem, he may refer you to an orthodontist for further evaluation and placement of braces. Your mouth then goes through a metamorphosis as it reshapes and readjusts to the proper fitting. You could experience a dry mouth during this time.

Symptoms

It may take a few weeks or months to get fully adjusted to having braces. You may experience dryness-related symptoms such as parched lips, dry mouth, dry lips, trouble swallowing, thirst, thick and stringy saliva, soreness in the mouth and cuts and cracks at the corners of your mouth, notes MedlinePlus.

Causes

The braces take up more space in your mouth, which can cause the irritation on your gums and the sides of your mouth. Any type of irritation can promote dryness. After you have your braces placed and when you have to get them adjusted, you may feel pain or extreme discomfort in your mouth. This can lead to an increase in thirst, especially when you wake up in the morning.

Effects

You may be prohibited from eating certain foods such as chips, candy, ice, hard foods, nuts, jerky and gum. Some foods can break down orthodontic appliances and prevent a successful orthodontic experience, Lowcountry Orthodontics says. Normally, gum may help you produce more saliva and keep your mouth lubricated. With braces, you may experience dry mouth because of omitting foods and snacks from your diet.

Solution

With braces, your mouth experiences a lot of pressure as the adjustment process takes place. Soreness is common as the arch wires, brackets and bands are placed into the right position; this can lead to a dry mouth. Every time there is work done inside your mouth, there's an increased risk for dryness and irritation. Stick to liquids, and if you have to have ice, make sure it's crushed and soft. Avoid salty foods and foods that are crunchy or tough.

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