Pregnancy is a trying period because everyday things which you never thought could be a problem become a huge challenge for you overnight. Not able to brush your teeth because of morning sickness? How can you go about brushing your teeth when you’re having trouble coping with morning sickness?
Brushing teeth while pregnant is a challenge when morning sickness hits
The majority of expectant moms have morning sickness during pregnancy, and this can affect the brushing of teeth during pregnancy. Putting anything in your mouth can make you feel like puking, or even cause your stomach to churn. Your taste buds change and you might drool more than ever even when you stick your toothbrush in your mouth.
Brushing teeth while pregnant: Cavities
You might secretly be harboring the thought of giving up on brushing your teeth since it’s giving you so much grief. However, it’s actually easier to get cavities and decayed teeth during pregnancy, so don’t even think about getting away with it. You must brush your teeth.
If you’re eating smaller meals more frequently to combat morning sickness, this can cause the insides of your mouth to become more acidic and slow down the recalcification process of your teeth. All these add up to an environment that allows bacteria to proliferate. It isn’t easy a getting dental treatment done while you’re pregnant, so do what you can protect the teeth you have.
What should you do if you can’t brush your teeth while pregnant?
What can you then do when morning sickness gets bad and you can’t brush your teeth? There are a few methods you can try when attempting to brush your teeth. The following strategies might not work for everyone, but you might want to give them a shot to see if they do work for you.
Strategy #1: Brushing when you don’t feel like vomiting
Don’t force yourself to brush just because you’re used to doing it at a certain time, like right after you wake up. If you have to eat first, or if you’re feeling nauseated once you wake up, postpone teeth-brushing to later. Morning sickness usually doesn’t last the whole day, so once your condition improves, you might want to get down to brushing your teeth immediately then.
Strategy #2: Changing your toothpaste
The taste or the smell of toothpaste can cause you to feel nauseated. Change your toothpaste: you might want to opt for something that isn’t as strong in terms of taste or smell. Using dental toothpaste for children (they usually smell fruity and might not have a strong taste or smell) can be another viable option.
Strategy #3: Use less toothpaste or don’t use any at all
If you tried changing the type of toothpaste you use and that doesn’t seem to be working at all, you might want to reduce the amount or forgoing toothpaste completely. Even if you brush your teeth without toothpaste, it can help get rid of plaque and prevent your teeth from decaying.
Strategy #4: Use brush with a small head
When your toothbrush touches the area near your throat or your tongue, this can cause you to feel nauseated. Try swapping your toothbrush for one with a smaller head – like those that children use. Or you might even want to give finger toothbrushes for infants a go. They’re small and you can reduce the possibility of the brush touching areas inside your mouth that are sensitive.
Strategy #5: Start with the teeth inside
Try to minimize contact with the insides of your mouth by brushing in only one direction – starting from the teeth deep inside your mouth, as if you’re brushing all the plaque out from your mouth. It might make you feel less nauseated and doing so will help to rid the plaque on your teeth that’s nearer to your throat.
Strategy #6: Face downward when you brush
When you brush your teeth, saliva pools and collects at the mouth of your throat. This can make you feel nauseated, so face downward when you brush. If you have to let the saliva flow freely from your mouth, do so. It’s better than letting it flow in the direction of your throat.
Strategy #7: Floss your teeth instead
Decayed teeth can be prevented by removing the plaque from in-between your teeth, so you might want to try dental floss picks, dental floss threaders, et cetera. This will minimize the stimulus to the insides of your mouth but at the same time keep your teeth clean. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after that.
Strategy #8: Use toothpaste tablets
If you cannot brush your teeth no matter what, you might want to try toothpaste tablets. They don’t have a strong aftertaste.
Strategy #9: Use mouthwash
Using mouthwash or water alone to rinse your mouth can keep the insides of your mouth clean. If you’ve completely given up on brushing your teeth for the time being, you must at least not stop trying to rinse your mouth to keep it as clean as you can.
Don’t procrastinate – brush when you can!
Everyday care for your teeth can become more troublesome during pregnancy, but research has shown that teeth play a vital role in keeping us healthy, not to mention the fact that it keep us looking good. It’s easier to get decayed teeth during pregnancy, so don’t put off to later what you can do right now – brush when you can. Don’t lose your teeth to cavities and only start to regret then. It might be too late then to save your teeth.