How to Heal Cuts and Sores in Your Mouth

Unfortunately, it’s common for people with braces to get mouth ulcers or cuts. Sores inside the mouth usually heal quickly but if braces keep irritating the same spot in the mouth, it can take longer to heal. New braces cause the most irritation to the inside of cheeks and as do braces with broken wires or brackets.

A small amount of dental wax can provide relief because it provides a buffer between the metal bracket and the mouth. Roll a pea-sized amount of wax and then flatten the wax over the bracket. You can leave the wax in while eating – it’s harmless if you accidentally swallow some.

Salt water rinses can soothe and help heal sores by keeping the area clean. Mix a teaspoon of salt in warm water and rinse around your mouth. You can use salt water several times a day if it provides some relief.

You can also use an antiseptic rinse designed for oral care, as well as numbing creams. Good oral hygiene is important at all times, particularly when you have cuts or sores in your mouth.

Avoid foods and drinks that could irritate the wound.

Spicy foods can cause further irritation to the wound, while salty foods can draw out moisture from the tissue, leading to dryness and discomfort. Additionally, both types of food may be difficult to swallow due to the pain that they can cause. Very hot foods or very cold foods can also irritate the injury.



Instead, focus on eating soft foods such as oatmeal, yogurt, mashed potatoes or applesauce. If you still want something more flavorful than these options, try adding a bit of honey or jam for sweetness. You should also make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day as this will help promote healing while keeping your mouth moist and comfortable.