When you catch the flu, you can expect an upset or queasy stomach. Despite being a relatively common, if unpleasant, part of life, vomiting can negatively affect your teeth. Lucky for us, a relatively simple solution may be available to halt these effects.
When you vomit, the acids in your stomach leave their designated area and envelope your teeth. Stomach acid can wear at your teeth, especially if exposure is prolonged.
While brushing your teeth would be a normal solution, it will be better for you if you did not do it at that time. The act of brushing spreads it around your teeth, and the brush may wear away the enamel more due to its weakening state.
What you can do first is mix about 1 tsp of baking soda with some water. You can wash away the acid by swishing the water around your mouth and spitting it out. With the acid gone, your teeth will be kept safe.
Even though you just cleaned out the acid, remember to wait about 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. This actually a common suggestion after you consume something acidic, like say a soda. This will give your teeth some time to recover, and you should be all set by then.
We hope you take this suggestion into consideration in order to better protect your teeth. Should a problem ever arise, do not hesitate to come visit our team at Family & Implant Dentistry in Manhattan, Kansas. Our dentists, Dr. Josh Walker, is here to help you with all your dental needs.