Battling The Acids Of Morning Sickness On Your Teeth With These Four Simple Tricks

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Morning sickness is the worst; not only on your stomach but also on your teeth. Every time you vomit, stomach acid is introduced to your mouth. The acids are strong enough to cause your teeth to corrode. Over time, the stomach acids will start wearing down on the enamel of your teeth and will cause damage. Morning sickness is a normal symptom of pregnancy, and there isn't much you can do about it. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use in order to protect your teeth from the acid in vomit.

Chew On Antacids

After you are done vomiting, chew on an antacid. Antacids were made to neutralize the acid of acid reflux, so it will do the same for the acids that are in your mouth. Take an antacid and chew it up in your mouth. Next, take a sip of cold water and swish both of them around in your mouth for thirty seconds before spitting it out.

Gargle With Baking Soda

Baking soda is another great way to protect your teeth from morning sickness. Like the antacids, baking soda will neutralize the acid in your mouth. This ingredient will also make your enamel stronger and protect your against gum disease by removing the plaque that builds up on your teeth.

After you vomit, gargle with a mixture of eight ounces of warm water and two tablespoons of baking soda. Gargle with the solution for thirty seconds before spitting it out in the sink.

Don't Brush

It's very tempting to brush your teeth right after an episode of morning sickness just to get the bad taste out of your mouth, but it is actually very damaging. The enamel on your teeth is very vulnerable after vomiting because of the stomach acid. Instead of being something that protects your teeth, the brushing turns into a strong abrasive and will strip away the enamel, causing further damage to your teeth. Instead of brushing your teeth after vomiting, rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water and then suck on a mint.

Rinse All Day

To help protect your teeth from enamel damage in between morning sickness episodes, rinse your mouth out with water throughout the day. Once every hour, swish cool water around for thirty seconds and spit. This will remove any acids that are clinging to your teeth. Keep a water bottle on you and keep one next to your bed at night. Not only will it help your teeth, it's also a good idea in order to keep you hydrated throughout your pregnancy.

For more information, contact a dentist in your area.


20 July 2016

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