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Morning Sickness and Brushing My Teeth

Posted on 8/13/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A pregnant woman laying down; and recovering from morning sickness.Morning sickness is a miserable phase of pregnancy. As you quickly add items of things that make you sick to your list, your toothbrush can not be one of them. Many women have reported brushing their teeth to triggering nausea. There are things you can do to make brushing your teeth easier when pregnant.

After you have been ill, rinse your mouth with water to wash away the acid, but do not brush immediately. You want to rinse the acid out, but you also want to give your enamel time to recover from the acid attack it just faced.

Wait about 30 minutes after vomiting and then brush your teeth, this will give your enamel the time it needs. Some patients find that smearing a bit of fluoride toothpaste onto your teeth following vomiting helps refresh your mouth and will help strengthen your enamel. The high acidic coating from your stomach can cause dental erosion which can then increase your risk of tooth decay because it dissolves tooth enamel.

How can I brush without getting nauseous?

The idea of sticking a toothbrush in your mouth, tasting minty toothpaste, or brushing your tongue are all things that can make an already nauseous expectant mom even more so. Ignoring your dental health for nine months is not the answer. There are some tips that can help alleviate these ill feelings:

•  Try a toothpaste designed for children. These are often not mint flavored, which is a common complaint.
•  Reduce the amount of toothpaste used. Some patients find that by just spreading the tiniest amount of toothpaste, they can better face brushing their teeth.
•  Ask your dentist, we may be able to prescribe a non-flavored, or minimally flavored toothpaste that can help.
•  Brush using cold water and baking soda. This will not give you the fluoride you need, but will reduce plaque and brighten your teeth.

Dental care during pregnancy is important. For your dental health, and your developing fetus, your dental health matters. Find what works for you.

Please contact us if you have any questions about morning sicknesses effect on your oral health.

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