Do you have a health condition or maybe have frequent morning sickness? If so, then you know the toll it can take on your physical health and body. Not only does vomiting upset the stomach and cause damage to the esophagus, it can also severely damage your beautiful smile and teeth.
Every time you get ill, your bile contains acid from your stomach which is then inside your mouth. This acid is extremely harsh, and it's used to break down the food you eat during the intestinal flow.
Your mouth and teeth are not meant to withstand this type of erosive substance and repeatedly exposing your teeth to it, even if unintentional, will eat at the protective enamel on the outside of your teeth and when that wears way, your teeth will also begin to wear away as well.
What Is the Result of Vomiting Up Frequently?
Damage to your teeth can happen in as quickly as a few months. The enamel is worn down and your teeth will become a translucent color. You will also notice a sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. In worse cases, we have even seen tooth loss or significant surgeries and repairs needed to fix what has been damaged.
How to Protect Your Teeth When You are Ill
You might not be able to help vomiting if you have a certain condition. It just simply cannot be helped. Even though you cannot stop the acids from getting into your mouth, there are ways you can protect your teeth and preserve them much longer. While you may want to instinctively brush your teeth after an episode, we recommend that you wait at least an hour before you do. Brushing merely spreads the acid all over your teeth.
Try adding a small amount of baking soda to a warm glass of water and rinse after brushing or find a specific mouthwash that is designed to kill gastric acids in your mouth.
It will also be of benefit to your health to visit our office to have your teeth closely monitored by our dental staff. Contact us today to make an appointment to come in for a consultation. When we work together, we can effectively create a treatment plan that will protect your beautiful smile for many years!