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Canker sores can occur in the mouth anytime, but they often show up when you are first wearing braces. They are white or yellow ulcers surrounded by a red border. They crop up as the soft oral tissues in your mouth may be irritated for one to two weeks while they adjust to the braces in your mouth. Dr. Merissa Blais and our team in Scarsdale, New York have some tips to share today to help you when you have canker sores.

You can find relief from canker sores with the help of dental wax 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.

In fact, dental wax can help prevent canker sores if you keep it on those areas where the braces are rubbing. If you experience a broken wire or rubbing from loose bands, you can end up with a sore mouth, tongue or canker sores.

Another form of relief from canker sores in the form of 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. Dr. Merissa Blais and our Blais Orthodontics team in Scarsdale, New York are here for you if you have any questions you need help with. You can always speak to a member of our staff by calling 914.472.9595, and let us know what is happening.