I saw my dentist today as my gums have been bleeding. I am 30 weeks.
She said it was mild gingivitis but that my teeth looked good and she had no concerns, and just to keep using my electric toothbrush etc.
She then offered to apply some fluoride paste which I agreed to as I thought it was going to be polished off. However as I realised it was setting she noticed I was panicking. I have developed anxiety and OCD in pregnancy and worry constantly about hurting the baby accidentally. I was signed off work and one of my OCD things is around cleaning my teeth thoroughly and rinsing.
The dentist got really irritated with me and then said she'd take it off. She was slightly nicer when I explained I was having treatment for anxiety but still very abrupt. She has been my dentist for over a decade and she's always been great but today really upset me to the point I don't want to go back ( I probably will though as waiting lists are huge here for NHS)
Please can any dentists advise what she applied to my teeth? It was put on thr back of two front teeth. She scrapedbit off within a few minutes but I can feel a tiny bit still there. She said it's no stronger than fluoride in my toothpaste but I'm worried and I wouldn't have consented if I'd known it would set hard and not be removed.
It’s just fluoride. It won’t harm you and or your baby. My 5 year old has had it applied every few months since she was 2 as some of her her back teeth came through without proper enamel.
Dentists are medical professionals and well versed on what is safe in pregnancy. Your dentist wouldn’t have applied it if it wasn’t completely safe. I understand that anxiety and be very difficult but you are worrying over nothing in this case.
We tend to apply fluoride varnish on adult's teeth if they express a sensitivity in a particular area as the varnish helps ease these symptoms. Perfectly safe. Although if you are not using a fluoride tooth paste your dentist may have applied this because you would be classed as a high caries risk and the varnish is also used for children who are also a high caries risk and more likely to need fillings etc.
Can I ask any dentist/knowledgable person when you should clean teeth and when you should use mouthwash in the morning if you are in a rush? Should it be clean teeth as soon as you get up, have breakfast then mouthwash?
Teeth should be brushed for 2mins twice a day; morning ideally 30mins after breakfast (obv not always possible not the end of the world if you don't manage to wait 30mins) - And Night time last thing before bed.
Mouthwash should not be used directly after brushing as it washes away the fluoride in the toothpaste. Use m/wash just after meals if you want extra freshness, and floss at least once a day.