Posted on 12/15/2019 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
|Our office would like to provide some tips when it comes to protecting your teeth against your stomach's bile. Many forget there is a laundry list of reasons your stomachs bile can end up on the teeth.
There are those who frequently experience morning sickness due to pregnancy. Others who struggle with eating disorders like bulimia. Then there is good old-fashioned sickness be it from something you ate or the bug going through your town. Whatever the reason, the stomach bile can damage the teeth and do it quickly.
We Can All Assume That Bile Is Bad Business for Your Teeth
Whenever we throw up, the acid from the stomach comes splashing into contact with the protective layer of the tooth or enamel. It immediately starts causing erosion, especially on the back of the teeth. If you're throwing up every morning or at least a few times each week, it's smart to know it is going to do some real damage.
That's the bit you might already know. It's common sense, really. Acid and your teeth will always be a bad mix. But what you might not know about it is how you can make it worse. It's not a good idea to follow up your morning vomit by jumping over to the sink and starting to scrub. It seems like it would be the best thing to do right? The faster to get the taste out of the mouth, all the better.
How to Go About Protecting Your Teeth
The fact of the matter is when you brush your teeth immediately after having your head over the toilet. It can actually cause more damage. This happens because the toothbrush bristles grind the acid from your stomach into your porous teeth. Instead of brushing straight away, the most effective plan of attack is to rinse your mouth with some mouthwash, wait about a half an hour, and then brush.
By allowing your mouth some time to rid itself of the acid, you can protect your teeth. We suggest seeing our office every 90 days if you are throwing up consistently. This allows us to change your dental care if needs be.