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What can I do to lessen the retching when I brush my teeth??

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misssmilla1 Tue 17-Feb-15 14:14:19

Bit of a random question, but it's driving me mad. So far I have been lucky and not had proper morning sickness, just on and off nausea.

However, every time I go to brush my teeth in the morning my gag reflex is kicking in and I spend 5 minutes retching over the sink (tmi alert..) and this morning brought up half my breakfast as a result.

It doesn't happen at any other time of the day or the evening so I'm at a bit of a loss on what to do. The extreme alternative is not to brush my teeth in the morning, but that's too disgusting to contemplate!

Anybody had similar or any ideas to what I could try as an alternative?

squizita Tue 17-Feb-15 17:02:43

I used to brush my teeth before eating. Then rinse with mouthwash after breakfast.
I might still gag but with nothing down there nothing came up.

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Tue 17-Feb-15 17:09:32

Along with brushing before you eat you could try toothpaste that's not mint flavored. I used kids fruity toothpaste as adults mint stuff was too strong a taste for me.

misssmilla1 Tue 17-Feb-15 17:47:55

Thanks squiz I tried that but then I get raging indigestion atm if I brush /mouthwash before I eat!

Will go and investigate kids toothpaste later goodbye

Caught11 Tue 17-Feb-15 17:52:11

I got this with my 3 DD's , someone suggested to use a herbal toothpaste, might help.

NoodieRoodie Tue 17-Feb-15 17:55:52

I had this with DD and I attempted to brush every day sometimes more successfully than others! I have a very understanding dentist and I just went every couple of months and he have them a really good clean. One thing that made me retch less than everything else was Cordysil toothpaste, it tastes of salt and according to my dentist must people find it revolting which is why he had loads of samples to give me!

CherryLips1980 Tue 17-Feb-15 18:18:15

I was sick all the way through my first pregnancy and so far this one seems to be heading the same way... I had an appointment at the dental hospital yesterday and it came up in conversation that brushing my teeth always triggered my gag reflex (while pregnant) in addition to the general puking and the consultant suggested I spray Difflam in my mouth before brushing and that she had done that with good results (ie, it stopped her being sick!). I haven't got any yet but I'm going to get some the next time I get into town.

RawCoconutMacaroon Tue 17-Feb-15 18:30:16

I bought a kids fruity toothpaste, and I was fine with that, no gagging.

I wondered if it was the high fluoride in the adult toothpaste that made me gag. (it's fairly toxic although useful too in Small doses).

CakeInMyFace Tue 17-Feb-15 19:59:05

I have this problem too but in the evenings too. I gag just thinking about having to brush! Am definitely going to try kids fruity toothpaste. ..

2015isgoingtobeBIG Tue 17-Feb-15 20:03:52

I had this and it outlived my general nausea. I found not using so much toothpaste/spitting out the foam more often made a difference.
Good luck with the fruit toothpaste

MeeWhoo Tue 17-Feb-15 20:13:11

I had the same problem (and still have it if, for instance I have a bad cold) and I found it much easier with oral b pro expert mint (not spearmint) toothpaste. It is a different consistency to other toothpastes, it seems to dissolve into liquid and tiny little particles rather than create lots of sticky foam. (The spearmint or fresh mint one is more like a gel and the actual toothpaste is blue this one is white, although the packaging is almost identical, so beware)

furtivefeline Tue 17-Feb-15 20:30:19

I have this and agree with the non-mint or kids toothpaste suggestions. Also stand upright rather than bent over, spit out the foam frequently to avoid a full mouth, avoid brushing the tongue and do the back teeth as quick as possible.

jennifer86 Wed 18-Feb-15 05:51:48

I have this problem, so glad to hear I'm not the only one! 37 weeks now, though, and definitely calmed down over the second half of pregnancy, although does still happen occasionally. I tried using kids' toothpaste which helped but didn't completely solve the problem. As others have said, brushing back teeth as quickly as possible also seems to make a difference and not rinsing my mouth out afterwards. Hope you manage to find a solution! Only thing which can be said for it really is I was already in the bathroom so it was less traumatic than the vomiting at other times of day!

M1985 Wed 18-Feb-15 07:10:50

Op I could have written your exact post myself!! It's driving me nuts!! Mines actually got worse in the second half of my pregnancy, this is #3 (36+1) and I've never experienced this with any of my other pregnancies!!

misssmilla1 Wed 18-Feb-15 13:25:56

I swung by the health food shop last night and bought some alternative toothpaste which tastes a bit like tree bark smells hmm it's flouride free and not very minty. But it seems to have done the trick this morning, along with your tips on how to brush, fingers crossed it stays like this!

Thanks for all the suggestions smile

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