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Morning Sickness and Dental Health

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One of the most dreaded side effects of pregnancy is morning sickness, which involves a feeling of nausea that often extends past the morning hours. Women have varying degrees of morning sickness, and some may never feel sick at all. However, for majority of moms-to-be, morning sickness can range from an icky feeling in their stomach when their first wake-up to extreme nausea and vomiting throughout the day. Some women find that their morning sickness lets up after the first trimester, and others are sick until the hour they deliver. Regardless of how severe your pregnancy sickness is, there are consequences on your dental health that you should be aware of.

Acid Erosion
Whether you are vomiting often or you have bouts of acid reflux during pregnancy, the extra acidity in your mouth and saliva can wreak havoc on your teeth. Do your best to rinse with water after you have a vomiting episode and avoid going straight for the toothbrush. It’s best wait half an hour afterwards to avoid abrasively scrubbing acids against your teeth. In other words, give your body a chance to naturally neutralize the pH of your mouth first. You may also try rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to stop acids from harming your smile. Once the acids erode the enamel of your teeth, you’ll be left with sensitivity, discoloration and a higher risk for cavities.
Decay and Gum Disease
Gum disease is unfortunately common during pregnancy, hence the term “pregnancy gingivitis.” Your changing hormones are to blame for the higher risk in gum inflammation. This can be further compounded by extra acids and sugars left on the teeth and gums of a woman who has morning sickness.
It is common for women who have morning sickness to engage in frequent snacking or grazing to keep their nausea at bay. In addition, they often resort to a diet rich in carbs and sugars. These are habits that set the stage for decay and gum disease. For example, someone who is nauseous may crave waffles and syrup rather than a fiber cereal. While it is best to avoid poor dietary choices during pregnancy, if you must indulge to get through an especially queasy day, make sure you brush and floss well afterwards.
At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we know that pregnancy brings several challenges. We also know that you have to follow certain rules and be aware of a lot more about your body than you probably ever have before. However, we encourage pregnant women to pay special attention to their oral health, especially if they suffer from morning sickness. In addition, it is completely safe and advised that you attend your routine dental checkups during pregnancy. Remember that your oral health has a direct impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Untreated gum disease can even lead to premature birth!

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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