When you’re experiencing morning sickness, any amount of it feels very serious and can really throw you in regard to your usual habits. This is very true for your dental hygiene! Usually, you don’t think too much about the way your toothpaste smells or brushing your teeth, etc. However, when you’re pregnant and dealing with this issue, just about anything can make you queasy. So, how to make sure your oral health is safe and you can actually make it through your daily hygiene at least somewhat comfortably? Our Auburn Hills, MI team can offer you some simple yet effective advice!
You Might Need A Smaller Brush
Our team reminds you that if you’re already feeling like gagging, putting a big toothbrush in your mouth isn’t going to help. You might need to size down, so you can avoid accidentally triggering your gag reflex. This is particularly true for individuals who prefer bigger brushes. Give it a try!
Choose Products With Gentle Flavoring
Not quite sure what you should be using? We can offer you some suggestions during your next dental checkup. As for right now, remember this very important detail: Don’t use something with a very strong or unusual flavor. An intense mint may usually be something you enjoy but when morning sickness takes its toll, you may not be able to handle it. Your “bacon flavored” toothpaste may usually make you laugh but now, just one whiff may not be welcome. Use something that’s very mild and neutral so it’s easier to tolerate during dental hygiene.
Give Yourself Time To Wake Up First
Give yourself a bit of time if you’re sick in the morning instead of rushing to brush and feeling terrible as you do it. Figure out timing that works for you and simply do your best to practice dental hygiene twice daily.
Rinse, Rinse, Rinse If You Vomit
If you are someone who vomits as part of your morning sickness, take heart! It’s not just you. It also doesn’t mean you have to destroy your teeth in the process. Always rinse with water after you vomit. Then, it’s good to brush your teeth but there’s no rush. In fact, it’s best to give your mouth about a half hour to get closer to a neutral pH. Then, brushing is a wonderful follow-up if you can handle it!
We Are Here To Guide Your Smile Through All Parts Of Life
When you’re expecting and need some help with your dental hygiene and other aspects of your dental care, remember to continue coming in for your dental visits! To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.