Most of you know that I just had a baby 3 months ago. She is cute and happy and makes our home a happier place. BUT while I was pregnant with her I threw up almost all 9 months. I had morning sickness for a few months with my other kids, but with Madilyn it lasted all nine months. Needless to say it did a number on my teeth, even with brushing. My very back tooth ended up needing a crown, due to my enamel breaking down, getting a cavity and then my tooth broke. Today I went to my local dentist and had my crown put on. Yes that is me wearing a mask to get “happy gas” at the dentist office. Having someone drill on my teeth is not my favorite thing in the world.
I like to try and use toothpaste that helps replenish my enamel and protect my teeth from future damage. I found this Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste, it also is a whitening toothpaste.
More about enamel – did you know that enamel:
• Is the first layer of defense for your teeth.
• Insulates and is the hard protector of your teeth, BUT can chip and crack from daily use such as chewing, biting, crunching and grinding.
• Is the hardest substance in the human body, yet tiny bacteria living in our mouths can produce acids which cause enamel to erode.
• Forms a strong barrier that shields the inner layers of your teeth from the effects of acids and plaque, as well as cold and hot foods/liquids.
• Once destroyed, cannot be replaced by your body.
I normally brush my teeth first thing in the morning, but while I was pregnant doing it first thing made me throw up (I had to eat first). But I found myself not getting back up to the bathroom right away to brush my teeth. So I started stashing tubes of toothpaste and a toothbrush around the house, like a squirrel hiding her nuts for the winter. I found if I had “other places” to brush my teeth instead of just the bathroom I was able to make sure to get 2-3 brushings in a day to help maintain a healthy mouth.
4 Places to brush your teeth other than the bathroom:
In your car ~ Put a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush in your glove box. It is also a good idea to have a bottle of water so you can rinse and wash your toothbrush out too. I may or may not have watered the bushes a few times along the way :). I have used this several times when I have had a busy day running errands, and I have lunch and then want a quick “freshen up”. Cause lets face it, I love onions on my burger… but not such a fan of onion breath.
In your purse ~ Put a little dab of toothpaste on a cheap toothbrush put it in a ziploc bag and store it in your purse. Or you can buy Colgate Wisp since they are even smaller and more convenient. This has been very helpful when I am traveling or when I am out for the day. Now I can go to the movies, to the game, or school carnival and still be able to brush my teeth.
In the shower ~ I found it very convenient to brush my teeth while in the shower. I normally have to wait a few minute to let the conditioner “do it’s thing” in my hair… so I might as well be brushing my teeth while I am waiting. Once I am out of the shower I am clean, and my teeth are clean too.
At your desk ~ Don’t be shy, go ahead a put a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush in your desk drawer at work. After lunch or a sugary snack take a minute and go brush your teeth. Lot’s of people take a “smoke break”, so don’t be shy march out of there with your head held high knowing your are working towards a healthier mouth. Plus most your coworkers appreciate good oral hygiene.
More about Colgate® Enamel HealthTM Toothpaste:
• Is a new premium multi-benefit toothpaste.
• Has an active fluoride system that helps replenish natural calcium and other minerals back into weakened enamel, filling in rough spots to help make it stronger and more resistant to acid damage.
• Contains enamel safe silica that polishes the enamel surface so that germs are less likely to stick.
• Dedicated to educating consumers about healthy enamel, Colgate has included a touch-and-
feel patch on Enamel Health Toothpaste cartons with smooth and rough sides to demonstrate
the feel of healthy, smooth enamel as compared to damaged, rough enamel.
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Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and Colgate Enamel Health for this oral health campaign. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturer.