Are you someone who hates the dentist? I’m generally not bothered – I wouldn’t say I love going for a check up but I’m not scared or anything, I just find it uncomfortable. I’m lucky that I’ve got myself a pretty good set of teeth and have generally very good oral health. I’m very proud of the fact I didn’t have any fillings at all until I was 32 (and I wholeheartedly blame Chloe for that one seeing as how it was just after her pregnancy). Aside from that the only dental work I’ve had done was the removal of a couple of wisdom teeth which were causing me a lot of problems.
I always take Ben and Chloe with me when I go for a check up so that they can see it’s not scary. At our last appointment I expected them both to be nervous but Ben was in the chair with his mouth open before I’d even got through the door! They both let the dentist have a proper check and I was pleased to be told they both have a good set of healthy teeth with “just enough” room for growth. They were both pretty chuffed with their stickers and sat nicely while I had my check up.
I’m not as good at going to the dentist as I should be – in fact I didn’t go at all from starting uni to being pregnant with Ben (this was mainly because I didn’t have an NHS dentist to go to). I’m ashamed to admit that was a whole ten years without a check up! (Not that I told the dentist that of course and I was very lucky to have got away without any problems at all.)
I do try especially hard to make sure I take care of my teeth when pregnant – there’s a good reason you’re provided with free dental care – it’s not just a nice bonus to save you a few quid. I have to admit that my good intentions were foiled slightly during my third pregnancy as it seemed to be especially difficult to fit appointments around my work (more so as I wasn’t entitled to paid leave for antenatal appointments). I didn’t get to the dentist until I was almost due.I found I was really aware of my gums bleeding towards the end of my pregnancy and was quite worried about it – I had awful images of all my teeth falling out (so I can be a bit of a drama queen at times!) I mentioned my bleeding gums to my dentist and he explained that bleeding is often caused by plaque and that in pregnancy my gums would be more sensitive to this and therefore prone to bleeding. He showed me where there was some slight inflammation and said I needed to focus on brushing more there for a few days and that it would bleed a bit but then would sort itself out. I followed his advice and that was indeed the case – it was a bit uncomfortable and bled more but was find within a few days. I also found www.oralb-loveyourgums.com really useful for extra tips on looking after my mouth whilst pregnant.
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to the picture . . . )
Oral B were kind enough to send me toothbrush and toothpaste. . . I’ve been using an electric toothbrush for about 10 years now (I got my first one for Christmas when I was at uni and I remember what a different sort of clean it felt!) I do keep a manual toothbrush handy for those times when I’ve been slack at charging the battery too!
This toothbrush is insane – it’s bigger than your average electric toothbrush but still comfortable to hold. The buttons are positioned sensibly to you can turn it on and off in use – though I have found I often change the mode by accident when I’m trying to switch it off. You can of course just turn the toothbrush on and go so to speak but to really get the most of it’s fancy features you actually need to read the instructions (yes I know – instructions for a toothbrush!) There are five brush modes; Daily Clean, Sensitive, Polish, Massage and Deep Clean – it even tells you when you’re pressing too hard or when you have brushed for long enough!
The battery doesn’t last more than a few days and ideally you would just keep it plugged in but we don’t have a shavers socket in our bathroom – it does have a clear battery indicator though so you shouldn’t get caught out. My old electric toothbrush would last a week between charges but I guess that’s the pay off for all the fancy features!
My teeth and gums are certainly happy with this little beauty!
*I was sent a toothbrush and pamper pack as a thank you for writing this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own