So far, I have been doing okay with just regular tooth brushing and flossing - coincidentally had a dentist appointment just a week before I learned I was pregnant!
~Marie: Mom to DS(17), DS(16), DD(14), DD(10), DD(8) & someone new on the way.
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I do notice that when I am ovulating, and when I am first pregnant, I suddenly have a much stronger urge to floss and keep my teeth extra clean. Then a couple weeks later morning sickness kicks in, and I have a really hard time brushing my teeth at all, it makes me vomit. Now at 14 weeks I am starting to be able to brush my teeth without gagging every time.
Married 13 years, mama to 12 (boy), 8, 6, 4, 1 (girls)
Just wanted to share the positive experience I had recently. I went to the dentist (8 mos pregnant) and the hygienist said, "Wooow, you have really healthy gums for a pregnant woman!" I didn't have any bleeding, which she assumed I would. I asked her what she thought was making them healthy, she said "You must have really good dental hygiene." And I laughed and said, actually, despite wanting to, I never floss, and some days I don't even brush my teeth. I put two and two together and told her that I think it's because I take a high quality powdered probiotic and it sits in my mouth. Then I remembered that early in the pregnancy I did have bleeding gums and I'm pretty sure it coincided with the time period when I hadn't been taking my probiotics for a month or two.
I take Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Complete Powder https://www.protherainc.com/prod/proddetail.asp?id=K-TCP . Sometimes I actually don't brush my teeth at night because I want to let it sit in my mouth overnight. It's not a special probiotic for dental health and different people need different strains, but I think this one is working well for me. Something interesting I learned about probiotics is that just because you heal yourself with them doesn't mean you can stop taking them, because probiotic supplements work differently than the native probiotics you're born with. If you never took antibiotics and were born with good flora, etc, then those flora don't die out apparently; but probiotics that you have to take have a short life span and once you go about two weeks without them, the strains die out and you need to recolonize yourself with the good stuff again.
34 yo mom of boy #1 (Spring 2009), baby #2 is here! (Jan 2014)
2nd generation co-sleeper and extended breastfeeder, grateful to my mom for
letting me witness homebirth as a little girl and giving me confidence in my ability to birth normally.
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