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Morning Sickness and Dental Care

For women, vomiting with morning sickness can damage teeth during pregnancy. During pregnancy a women’s hormones soften the muscles that keeps food inside the stomach often resulting in gastric reflux. Hormones may also cause vomiting and nausea associated with morning sickness. These conditions can coat your teeth with strong stomach acids that can erode tooth enamel. Remember to brush after each meal. Brush immediately but very gently, if you vomit. Consider a baking soda based toothpaste and rinse with fluoridated mouthwash. Never swallow mouthwash.

Some pregnant women find that brushing their teeth causes gagging or retching. Sometimes just the smell or taste of overly flavored tooth paste can cause this reaction. You may find it easier to brush with a toddlers toothbrush. Go gently and slow down your brushing action. Breath slowly. Choose a toothpaste from Toms of Maine or Arm and Hammer that may have a less overwhelming flavor and smell. Consider a distraction such as watching TV or playing music while you brush.