Pregnancy often creates a whirlwind of emotions, including excitement and uncertainty. Along with these emotions, your body begins to experience hormonal changes. Some of which lead to morning sickness. The first few months of pregnancy can be a roller coaster ride because of how weak your stomach is. As a result, it can be difficult to keep a clean mouth if you are always feeling ill at the sight and smell of anything. Fortunately, there are a few tips you should consider in order to brush your teeth while dealing with morning sickness.
Use Unscented Toothpaste
There is a high chance that once you get pregnant, you will no longer be able to stomach the smell of your favorite minty toothpaste. Scents that you once considered to be pleasant will smell vile. Therefore, use an unscented toothpaste while brushing your teeth. This will help to eliminate any unnecessary scents while cleaning your teeth.
The extra foam generated by toothpaste combined with the excess saliva in your mouth can often make you feel sick. As a result, you can use mouthwash as an alternative to toothpaste. Place about a tablespoon of mouthwash in your mouth and use your toothbrush to move it around while cleaning all the areas in your mouth. Mouthwash may not get your mouth squeaky clean, but it works as a great alternative while dealing with morning sickness.
Brush In Stages
Morning sickness makes it difficult to get through a few minutes of brushing your teeth without gagging. As a result, you can clean your teeth by brushing in stages. During each stage brush a different part of your mouth. Try to only brush each section for a few seconds. If you decide to brush for longer this may trigger vomiting and gagging.
Slightly Brush Your Tongue
Your tongue area is the most sensitive area and often is what causes the gagging. As a result, try to spend a shorter amount of time in that area. A few passes over your tongue area will help to remove any surface level bacteria without triggering your gag reflex.
Morning sickness tends to make some of the most pleasant scents smell like garbage. While you handle all of the other changes that come with being pregnant, attempting to brush your teeth should not be a challenge. Therefore, use the tips to ensure that you are able to keep your mouth clean with as little difficulty as possible. To learn more, contact someone like Associated Family Dentistry LTD.