How to prevent damage to your teeth from morning sickness

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Pregnancy can be a blessing and a curse. Yes, you get a wonderful baby out of it and you spend nine months quite literally creating another human life, however it can take it's toll on your body. Your body aches, your feet are swollen and in a dentist's opinion, the worst of them all is morning sickness. Unfortunately, morning sickness affects about 70–80% of all pregnant women to some extent (vomiting or acid reflux/heartburn) and the acid from your stomach can be strong enough to cause tooth erosion, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists`. Thankfully, there are some things we can do to reduce the risk of acid erosion following morning sickness and a trip to the dentist can give you some guidance.

What You'll Need

  • One teaspoon of baking soda
  • Water

What You'll Do

  • Although you may want to brush your teeth immediately after morning sickness- DONT. If you brush your teeth straight after, the friction of the toothbrush against the teeth actually can make matters worse as it is actually massaging the acid onto the teeth, making them more likely to erode.
  • Instead of brushing straight after, use alcohol free mouthwash or a home made 'wash' to give you a fresh taste and to neutralise the stomach acid in your mouth. You can make your own rinse by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water and rinsing with that.
  • Wait an hour after your morning sickness to brush your teeth. This allows your mouth enough time to neutralize the acids and bring the PH of your mouth to a health state.
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