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Throwing Up Can Do a Lot of Damage But There Are Ways of Protecting Your Teeth

Posted on 5/30/2017 by Dr Jonathan Ford
A cup full of baking soda.
There are times in life where throwing up is something beyond our control. Between flu outbreaks, morning sickness, food poisoning, and some medications, vomiting is going to happen at some point in time. Your teeth do not like it when you throw up, as that exposes them to a lot of gastric acid.

They were not designed to withstand that type of exposure, and can quickly become damaged if the throwing up is consistent. Here are some things you can do to help protect your teeth from regular vomiting.

Keep Water Nearby
You do not want to take the time to brush your teeth after you vomit. This can actually increase how much damage your teeth take. What you want to do is rinse out your mouth with water and spit the rinse out into the sink or toilet. This helps to rid your mouth of extra acid, and allows your saliva to come in and neutralize what is left.

Use Baking Soda, Too, If You Have It

The better option than just rinsing with water, is rinsing with a little baking soda and water. You don't need much, but the basic property of the baking soda will help to start neutralizing the acids left behind on contact. This can significantly reduce how much damage is being done to your teeth. If you regularly throw up, such as in the cases of pregnancy or chemotherapy, keep a box of baking soda in the bathroom and use it after each time you throw up.

When you struggle with a lot of vomiting, it is important that you also see your dentist more often. They are going to want to check on how much erosion is going on in your mouth. Call your office today, and have a checkup. It's worth the time and effort.

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