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Funny Taste In My Mouth Since Getting Braces

It is quite common for people to start developing weird tastes in their mouths when they start on their orthodontic journey. This can happen for lots of different reasons, but there are a couple of causes that stand out as being the most common. Here’s our orthodontist Hampshire with all the info you will need. Let’s take a look.

Dehydration


For some people, getting braces can leave their teeth feeling sensitive and funny, especially in the early days. And sometimes, just having new things in our mouths all the time feels a bit weird, and subconsciously, we can start to consume less fluid over the course of the day. This is particularly common in patients using Invisalign as it stops them from being able to drink anything other than water while wearing the aligners. Though on one hand, this can be great and quite healthy for those who do not naturally warm to the taste of water, on the other, it can mean they end up not drinking enough water.


Why Does This Create A New/Weird Taste?


The effects of dehydration impact the whole body and begin to dry the mouth, and when the mouth is dry, it can start to release a sort of aluminium-type taste; this is just the body’s way of saying that it is thirsty.


What Can You Do?


Try to get into the habit of drinking more water; an easy way to do this is by investing in a water bottle with clear indications on the side of it as to how much you have drunk. Try this for a week and see whether it improves.


Declining Oral Hygiene


We at Winchester Orthodontics have seen so many patients return to us with early signs of decay and gum disease after starting their orthodontist Hampshire treatment. Unfortunately, because braces come with a new heap of challenges, patients’ teeth can start to take a back seat when it comes to daily care. Missing brushes, shortening brushing, and skipping flossing are all common things we see starting to occur when patients first get braces.


Why Does This Create A New/Weird Taste?


When the teeth and gums start to show signs of decay or disease, they start to release acids in the mouth, which in turn start to release unpleasant tastes and smells. Then, of course, there is the smell coming from the plaque and tartar build-up, which will not be helping matters.


The most important thing is to be honest with yourself about your oral hygiene routine and work out whether you have begun to let things slip a little bit here and there. If this is the case, then you need to address the matter and start incorporating good practices back into your everyday routine. If things persist, then booking an appointment to see us could be a good idea, but we should be seeing you for regular check-ups anyway.

If you would like to learn more about orthodontist Hampshire treatments, get in touch today.

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