Pregnancy and Your Oral Health: What Your Mouth Is Telling You

dental healthPregnancy is both a beautiful and uncomfortable time for many women. Coupled with things like a growing body and morning sickness, pregnancy can cause your body— including your teeth— to feel weak and defeated at times. If you suffer from extreme morning sickness that is accompanied by vomiting, it’s important that you do everything you can to protect your teeth’s enamel. Because vomit contains a high dose of acid, it will naturally erode your teeth’s enamel and leave you with eroded teeth. However, by following the tips below, you can help to protect your mouth from stomach acid and ensure your enamel stays as strong as ever.

Rinse with Salt Water

Depending on how long you’ve been suffering from morning sickness, you are likely into a routine: you wake up, get ready, have to vomit a few times, and then continue on with your day. In order to help stabilize the acidic nature in your mouth and kill off any bacteria caused by vomiting, add rinsing with salt water after vomiting to your routine list. Simply take a warm glass of water and add about 1 Tsp of salt to it. Stir it around and then swish in your mouth for about 30 seconds. Do not swallow the saltwater.

Brush Your Teeth

Once you have rinsed your mouth with salt water and you feel that you can perhaps handle the taste of toothpaste in your mouth, it’s time to reach for that toothbrush. By brushing your teeth after vomiting, you can get rid of any sort of plaque or bacteria that will cause your enamel to erode. Just make sure to rinse your toothbrush after brushing with really hot water— this will help to kill off any germs that may be on it from vomiting.

Chew Gum

Sometimes morning sickness strikes when you least expect it— in the Target bathroom or at the grocery store. If you vomit while you’re out and about, try chewing some sugar-free mint gum afterward. The gum will help to rid your teeth of plaque and bacteria by encouraging the production of saliva in your mouth. Then, once you get back home or to your office, you can brush your teeth.

Dealing with morning sickness is no fun at all but it’s important that you protect your teeth from stomach acid that could erode away your enamel. To learn more about dental care or to schedule an appointment, contact Today’s Dental today!

 

 

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