When vomiting is a regular part of your child’s day, there are many health issues that you as a parent should be aware of. One of them is your child’s oral health. But the condition of repeated vomiting, called Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS), can be a huge barrier to happy, healthy mouths.
At Redwood Pediatric Dentistry, we are here to help you protect and strengthen your child’s oral health. If frequent vomiting is a problem in your family, this is what you need to know to protect your child’s enamel.
What is Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome?
What we’ve been talking about is Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, where a child experiences episodes of severe vomiting that take place without apparent cause. This condition can include episodes that last hours or days. Sometimes, a child will experience periods of time with no symptoms in between vomiting episodes.
Every vomiting episode is usually similar to another one. Episodes typically start at the same time each day and last as long as they do on other days. Migraines sometimes become an issue, causing a child to stay in bed for several days.
Frequent Vomiting Means Oral Health Problems
Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome can cause these oral health concerns:
- Enamel strips away from the teeth
- Salivary glands swell, causing mouth tissue to become dry, sore, and red
- Chronic sore throats and even hemorrhages under the skin of the palate develop
- Teeth become stained, which often requires years of dental treatment to reverse
The Effects on Your Child
When enamel erodes, children experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids. This discomfort lasts into adulthood.
The severe erosion can lead to changes in your child’s bite. The back teeth can be reduced in size and can even fall out if too much erosion has occurred.
You Can Protect Your Child’s Oral Health
If your child suffers from Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, there are important steps to take that will protect their oral health.
Regularly rinse your child’s mouth with a mixture of water and baking soda. The baking soda helps to reduce the amount of bacteria and helps to protect enamel and gums.
After a vomiting episode, never brush your child’s teeth. Vomiting brings up stomach acid that weakens the enamel of the teeth, so brushing soon after can cause further erosion. Instead, wait an hour or longer before brushing your child’s teeth. When you brush, use fluoride toothpaste.
Stop the Negative Effects of Cyclic Vomiting Today!
Keep a record of how often your child is vomiting. If you notice anything unusual, call your pediatrician immediately. If your child has a chronic condition, proper medical treatment will be necessary.
If your child suffers with CVS, oral health should be an important concern of yours. Our team here at Redwood Pediatric Dentistry is here to help! Come in and visit us today! If your child is suffering from CVS, we can provide fluoride treatments to help strengthen enamel. Depending on how severe the condition is, we may even prescribe daily fluoride treatments.
At our dental office, your child’s oral health is our top priority. Call us today at (801) 281-8881 to schedule an appointment for your child. Or click here to schedule an appointment. Don’t delay! Let’s make your child’s oral health the best it can be!