The lovely people at Oral-B, together with the wonderful team at BritMums, teamed up this month to ensure that British mums are looking after their own oral health.
I received a tube of the new Oral-B Pro-Expert Premium Gum Protection toothpaste to try out. Who would have thought that a simple tube of toothpaste would act as such a catalyst for change in our family?
As you know from my previous posts, I am pregnant and yes, indeed, my gums have been bleeding like crazy since May. I sort of brushed it under the carpet as this is not the first time I get bleeding gums and used traditional methods to try and stop the bleeding. One of the methods is what my mum would have advised, which is brushing my teeth with a mixture of fine salt and baking soda. It didn’t really do the trick and besides, left my gums feel a bit tender due to the harshness of the salt grain.
So I started using the Oral-B toothpaste I got and things got slightly better but the bleeding didn’t stop completely. I liked the taste, it’s quite minty without being overpowering and drying your lips, but since I was now taking active steps to look after my gums, I decided to go and see the dentist about the issue.
The dentist reassured me that my gums didn’t look too bad and that the bleeding was probably more hormonal than anything else. She nevertheless recommended a specialist mouthwash which in conjunction with my Oral-B toothpaste has worked wonders since and, what do you know, I am now bleed-free at last!
Not only that, but I got my teeth cleaned in the process and Emma got introduced to the dentist’s chair for the first time. “She has only counted my teeth!” she told her friends proudly afterwards :-). I wish I could have taken a photo of her while in the chair but I thought it a bit insensitive towards her since it was her first visit and all…She is going back in six months and is now all chuffed about being “a brave girl.”
Hubby got into the swing of things too and he has an appointment himself tomorrow morning since one of his teeth is sore!
So, receiving a tube of Oral-B toothpaste meant much more for our family than just receiving a freebie. It did encourage us all to re-acquaint ourselves to the dentist and, in the process, look after our oral health a bit better!
This post is my entry for BritMums’ #OralBLoveYourGums Challenge sponsored by Oral-B, promoting healthy gums – something especially important for pregnant women. to get more tips and advice, visit www.oralb-loveyourgums.com.