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I Have Severe Morning Sickness. Could That Affect My Teeth and Gums?

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethSome women glide through pregnancy with very few signs of pregnancy complications, such as morning sickness, while other women experience horrible morning sickness and lose weight during their first trimester. If you are experiencing extreme morning sickness, you need to know that severe morning sickness could have an effect on your teeth and gums.

About Morning Sickness

While people categorize morning sickness as the nausea and vomiting that take place during pregnancy, morning sickness can occur at any time of the day or evening. For most pregnant women, morning sickness appears after the first month of pregnancy and disappears after the first trimester. Nearly 70 percent of all women have morning sickness at least once during pregnancy, and about 20 percent of pregnant women have morning sickness that continues in the second and third trimesters. About 10 percent of pregnant women have such severe morning sickness they wind up in the hospital.

How Can Morning Sickness Affect My Teeth and Gums?

Many people do not realize that morning sickness can have a profound effect on their teeth and gums, especially if they are constantly vomiting. During vomiting, the contents of your stomach, as well as the acids in your stomach, travel out of your mouth. Over time, the acid wears down the enamel on your teeth, which leads to cavities, tooth cracking or breaking, and gum damage. Morning sickness can also damage your esophagus.

What Should I Do?

If you are experiencing morning sickness, first be sure you are getting plenty of sleep because rest helps calm your stomach. If you get up early in the morning, take your time and eat a cracker before you move. Also, stay away from smells that nauseate you. If you experience extreme nausea and vomiting, be sure to let your doctor know because there are medications that can help.

Be sure to let our office know as well, as our dentist may want to discuss ways to help your teeth and gums during pregnancy. Has it been a while since you saw our dentist? Why not make an appointment today?

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