What a Family Dentist says about Effects of Nausea on Oral Health
You may have never thought of visiting a family dentist for feeling nauseated.
Nausea is not a pleasant experience, and it’s unavoidable in most cases. A stomach bug, eating food that doesn’t suit, and some type of virus can cause you nausea. During and after nausea, it’s important to know how it impacts your oral health. At the same time, you should also know how to take care of your mouth if you experience nausea.
At RiverRock Dental, Downtown Shakopee, we have the best family dentists to help you cope with nausea.
Causes of Nausea
There are many factors that are responsible for an upset stomach. In most cases, pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting usually referred to as morning sickness. Another reason for constantly feeling nauseated may be an ongoing medical condition such as gallbladder disease, ulcers etc.
Nausea is also caused due to pain, stress, or taking certain medications with side effects. Motion sickness and seasickness also causes a sick stomach, which goes away when you remove yourself from the situation.
Surprisingly, many people experience nausea when they visit a dentist. It is caused due to a past dental experience that wasn’t very good. If you have teeth abscesses or some kind of gum disease, the drainage of bacteria into your stomach can cause nausea.
Vomiting and Oral Health
The bile and acids from your stomach passing through your mouth can cause serious damage to your teeth, gums, and throat. Taking proper care of your mouth is extremely important, even if you are not well. After vomiting, rinsing your mouth with water and using a fluoride mouthwash is a must.
You should know that brushing teeth after vomiting can cause various other dental problems. Stomach acid weakens teeth enamel, so brushing immediately after vomiting can cause the enamel to erode. After vomiting stops, make sure to brush your teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride.
Vomiting that occurs frequently will have negative effects on your dental health. Dental problems include dryness, mouth sores, mouth and tongue redness, chronic sore throats, and enamel erosion. The erosion of teeth enamel increases the risk of decay, cavities, and sensitivity in the teeth. In the worst case, erosion can affect the way your lower and upper teeth come together. As a result, you may end up losing some of your teeth.
Acid reflux is a medical concern where the gastric fluid goes over into the esophagus again and again. This condition leads to severe heartburn and discomfort due to the fluid being highly acidic. The acids in this fluid impact the overall dental health and need to be addressed quickly. It’s important to contact your family dentist to help treat the problem on an urgent basis. Acid reflux worsens due to unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as alcohol consumption or smoking. An unhealthy diet, excessive medication, and poor eating habits add to the negative effects.
When the acid passes through the esophagus and enters your mouth, it can lead to enamel erosion. Our dental professionals provide several effective treatment options for the erosion of the teeth. Remineralization is one of the many options used in providing long-term protection for the teeth. Other treatment options are topical fluoride application and fluoride rinsing for use at home.
Just like vomiting when you experience acid reflux, avoid brushing your teeth for about 30 minutes after it. Brushing too soon poses the risk of erosion since the acid will be there in your mouth.
You may consult your family doctor to deal with nausea and its effects. But if nausea is having an impact on your oral health, you should immediately visit a dentist near you. Proper dental care and treatment can foil the effects of nausea in your mouth.
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