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Feb
26

Morning Sickness and Dental Care

Posted in Fillings

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life, but is often filled with some minor annoyances.  One of those common problems is morning sickness.  Morning sickness is almost always caused from changes in hormone levels, causing stomach upset, vomiting, and a feeling of ‘queasiness’ especially upon waking.  Some women say they have morning sickness throughout their pregnancy, but most report that after the first trimester, morning sickness is resolved.

Morning sickness that is accompanied by vomiting can cause tooth and tooth enamel decay and erosion resulting in cavities that will need fillings, caps or other tooth restorations.  If you are experiencing morning sickness with vomiting, a few steps can help protect your mouth and teeth during this time.

If you are experiencing severe morning sickness, talk to your obstetrician about ways to help control it.  Frequent and small snacks may be helpful. If you are vomiting enough to lose weight, you should contact your obstetrician. If your morning sickness causes mild vomiting, remember to rinse your mouth after vomiting to remove the acid from your teeth.  Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after when the acids are in your mouth, as you do not want to ‘push’ the acid into your tooth enamel.  Instead, rinse your mouth with some water with a small amount of baking soda, and then brush.  Never swallow this rinse, as it contains the stomach acid as well as baking soda.  A teaspoon of baking soda is generally enough to make sure that your mouth is clean and you have removed the acids associated with vomiting.

If your morning sickness does start to impact your teeth, or if you notice when vomiting that your teeth ‘ache’, contact your dentist.  He or she can recommend some additional strategies to help with this, and offer you an anti-microbial mouth rinse that may also be of benefit.

Posted on the behalf of Windy Hill Dental Associates

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