If your child is getting braces soon to straighten the teeth, then it is best to make sure that you are prepared to help your son or daughter through the initial discomfort. There are a few things that can reduce pain and soreness, especially when sores form in the mouth. Keep reading to learn what these things are.
Offer Bland Foods
Sores will often build within the mouth when the soft oral tissues are exposed to the brackets and wires of the braces. And, one of the first things your child can do when this happens is to eat foods that are highly acidic. While some acidic food items are obvious like orange juice, grapefruit, and vinegar, others are not. So, you want to be sure not to buy the less obvious foods like tomatoes, berries, pineapples, grapes, peaches, tea, and cabbage.
Stock up on bland and soft foods that your child can eat during the time when the mouth sores are still fresh. Soft breads, mashed potatoes, eggs, and oatmeal are a few good choices. And, think about purchasing some meal replacement drinks to ensure that your child is getting the nutrients they need. This is essential for healing.
Keep in mind that while soft foods are a good idea, you do want to stay away from anything that is high in sugar. Sugar will feed the bacteria in the mouth and this may lead to infections and overall healing issues.
Stock Up On Anesthetic Gels
Sores form due to the friction between the soft oral tissue and the metal braces, and the mouth does need to get used to the placement and movement of the braces over time. This means that your child will need to eat and talk as they normally would so the mouth can become accustomed to the hardware. So, make sure that you instruct your child how to use oral anesthetic gels so they can do things normally.
Oral anesthetic gels can be purchased at your local drug store and you should help your child place one-half the size of a pea on each mouth sore. You can do this about four times a day as needed. NSAID pain relievers can help too.
Make sure to also get some wax from the kids' orthodontist that can be placed on any sharp edges. However, keep in mind that if you notice any wires that are sticking up or out, then they should be adjusted by the oral care professional.