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If you have ever had canker sores, you know they can be painful. These tiny white or yellowish sores in the mouth are surrounded by a red border and are common when you first wear braces. This can happen as the soft oral tissues in your mouth may be irritated for a week or two while they adjust to the braces in your mouth. Our team in Glen Allen and Louisa, Virginia have some tips to share today to help you when you have canker sores.

Dental wax is your best friend while wearing braces. When you are experiencing issues with sores in the mouth, dental wax can protect the mouth from irritation so the tissues can heal. You simply take a small piece of wax, roll it into a ball, and place it over the braces where you are experiencing discomfort.

Dental wax can help prevent canker sores if you keep it on places where the braces are rubbing. Should you experience a broken wire or rubbing from loose bands, you can end up with a sore mouth, tongue or canker sores.

You can also find relief from sores in the mouth by using ointments to relieve pain and irritation. For example, you can apply a tiny bit of over-the-counter numbing ointment on the sore, and periodically use a salt water rinse on the affected area. If necessary, you may also try an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen.

And lastly, avoid further oral irritation by avoiding hot, spicy, or acidic foods. our John J. Andre, DDS & Associates team in Glen Allen and Louisa, Virginia is here for you if you have any questions or problems you need help with. You can speak to a member of our staff by calling (540) 967-0777, and let us know what you are experiencing. Dr. John Andre, Dr. Wanda Hall, and Dr. James Muncy are here for you!