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How to Soothe Tooth Sensitivity For Kids with Braces

child with teeth sensitivity from braces

You’ve taken the first step toward improving your smile by getting braces to straighten your teeth, but now comes the hard part — keeping your teeth and gums comfortable while you wait to see your final results. Experiencing sensitivity, pain, or both after orthodontic braces are tightened or adjusted is common. If you or your child are experiencing teeth sensitivity with braces, here are a few ways to ease your child’s discomfort and help them continue to use their orthodontic treatment as they should! Here are some suggestions.

Ice Cubes

When it comes to reducing tooth sensitivity, one of the easiest and most effective solutions is also one of the most obvious—ice cubes. The cold temperature from an ice cube makes your teeth feel less sensitive because it numbs pain receptors in your mouth, which are mostly concentrated around your gums. Freezing a wet washcloth and holding it against your teeth for five minutes can provide similar relief.

Warming Compress

Cold or hot temperatures can be used to help reduce your child’s sensitivity with braces, so try both methods to see which works best for your child.

Place a hot compress over your child’s braces for 5–10 minutes at a time. Use a damp cloth, run warm water in a bowl and dip it into some sea salt, then wring out excess moisture from your cloth and apply it over your child’s teeth.

Frozen Fruits

When it comes to soothing discomfort, some of your best options are frozen fruits. They work for all the same reasons that ice cubes do, and they contain a high level of nutrients that can reduce sensitivity and fight against infection. Try freezing and biting into wedges of an orange or grapefruit and see if it helps soothe the sensitivity of your child’s teeth from their braces.

Chewing Sugarless Gum

If you or your child is experiencing sensitivity, chewing sugarless gum can help reduce pain and discomfort. It also encourages healthy saliva flow that can prevent cavities.

To help keep those pearly whites white and healthy, parents should opt for sugarless gum made of xylitol or sorbitol rather than regular bubblegum. These natural sweeteners won’t cause damage to their tooth enamel.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has anesthetic properties, so applying a small amount of juice to the gums can help reduce any tooth sensitivity or pain from their braces. To do so, squeeze some fresh lemon juice into a cup and dip your index finger in; then rub gently onto any sore areas.

The acidity of lemon juice helps kill bacteria that might be aggravating your child’s mouth. Consider applying it together with peppermint oil for better taste and an even greater effect.

Coconut Water and Pineapple Juice

Another way to reduce tooth sensitivity for kids with braces is to have them swish with coconut water and pineapple juice. The natural enzyme bromelain can help calm dental discomfort from braces as well as dissolve some of the plaque build-up on their teeth.

You can also freeze your coconut water and pineapple juice mixture in ice cube trays and apply the same way we mentioned earlier for additional relief.

Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers

Give your child a non-prescription pain reliever such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. If you do use these medications, keep in mind that pediatricians recommend giving children over 6 years of age 25 mg of ibuprofen every 4 hours and giving children 2-6 years old 10 mg every 4 hours. These medicines can reduce swelling, which will help relieve tooth sensitivity.

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