I signed up for the Oral-B Love Your Gums Challenge at BritMums, and was sent a full size tube of new Oral-B Pro-Expert Premium Gum Protection toothpaste to try.
Quite frankly, saying love your gums is something I should do more. My teeth are awful. They’re a mess. The back teeth have had gradually receding gums for as long as I can remember. Every time I’ve been to the dentist they’ve expressed concern but put it down to my age. My gums need some love and attention.
I’m great at getting H to the dentist, lesser so myself.
Every tooth of mine has something that has happened to it. The capped one at the front? Some random man punched me in a nightclub and knocked half of my tooth off. I spent more getting that tooth fixed than I ever got in compensation. The one which I avoid eating with at the back? Part of it fell out when I was pregnant with H, when my teeth were weaker. Throughout my teens and early twenties I would get a mouthful of ulcers and no toothpaste would make them go. I even resorted to salt toothpaste at one point. Horrid.
So Oral-B Pro-Expert Premium Gum Protection toothpaste claims to help your gums – hence this being a part of the Love Your Gums campaign. I have nothing to lose except my teeth. Sad but true. Bad gums = losing teeth in a nutshell. It’s pretty simple then, isn’t it?
On my lower left hand back teeth my gums are so sensitive that when I last went to the dentist they couldn’t touch it – they could see the teeth were fine but my gums were receding. I was told to concentrate on the tooth area so I decided to start here. My gums had a kind of hard border along them which I gently brushed using the toothpaste, and I really think that after a month it has made a difference. The lump is less hard, and best of all I’m using this toothpaste direct on the sensitive area with NO PAIN.
I was so impressed with this I headed straight to Superdrug and have stocked up on more tubes of Oral-B Pro-Expert Premium Gum Protection toothpaste as they’re on offer at the moment – if something works then it’s daft not to.
I want to come back to this in a few more months and report back, as I feel like I could make some progress with my mouth. I’m going to go back to the dentist after I’ve used this toothpaste for three months. Do you love your gums? If you’re in a similar position to me I’d really recommend trying this toothpaste out – it’s available in all good stores.
This post is an entry for BritMums’ #ORALBLoveYourGums Challenge sponsored by Oral-B, promoting healthy gums – something especially important for pregnant women. Get tips and advice on www.oralb-loveyourgums.com
I was provided with a tube of the toothpaste, all opinions are my own and honest. (and if you’re quick they may still be on offer at Superdrug too)
Last Friday we had our hospital appointment, in the Children’s Dentistry section of our local hospital. After a check up (and being told all of H’s teeth are in excellent condition) we were sent for an x-ray which H did with no fuss at all – she quite enjoyed it and wasn’t at all bothered – I think she found the top she had to wear funny, and indeed the one daddy wore hilarious (only one parent could go into the room so I waited outside).
Once the x-rays were processed (it’s all digital these days) we were sent back to Dentistry with a number on our slip of paper, the consultant called us in and confirmed that H will need an extraction. One of the really interesting things was seeing her grown up teeth formed and waiting to come through – she’s going to have good teeth!
The Consultant suggested the extraction should be done with just a local anaesthetic rather than general – this is by far the best option for us, mainly as it doesn’t involve fasting beforehand or taking a day off work – just an afternoon instead! If H doesn’t like it and won’t keep still then we will need to re-book and have a general, but we were reassured that H will be fine.
I was pleased we got an appointment just three and a half weeks later – and I’m especially pleased it’s a week after her last nursery photo, so she’ll still have two front teeth on that!
So, onwards… these next three weeks are going to fly by so now we’ve just got to prepare her. At the weekend I was chatting with an old friend who recommended the Cbeebies programme ‘Get Well Soon’. We haven’t watched it before but I had heard of it, so headed to the BBC iPlayer which has it on demand – the episode is about injections, many of which H has already had, so we watched it and found it fun – while it doesn’t deal with going to the dentist it’s still showing how important it is and how it doesn’t hurt.
Anyway, onwards.. I’m so proud of my little girl and how she’s just getting on with it – I think it’s worse for us parents!
(the first post about the tooth)
H is three and a half, and generally she has really good teeth. However, one day a year or more ago I noticed one of her front teeth was a little darker than the rest – it wasn’t obvious, it was one of those things you notice way before everyone else and they all think you’re going mad (a bit like when I spotted her squint). In December last year when she got chicken pox a mysterious spot appeared on her gum.
Now this bit may be me being overdramatic, but it’s where I feel like a rubbish parent. I work four days a week and only realised the spot hadn’t cleared fairly recently. A bit of a google and we had an answer (of sorts) – that it could be an abscess, which made me feel rotten – how could I not have noticed? There’s nothing quite like parental guilt. Fortunately H has been in no pain at all, but regardless, I got an appointment at the dentist yesterday, where he confirmed it wasn’t an abscess but was something bothering the nerve. The discoloured tooth is also wobbly – not horribly so, but things aren’t right (and could get worse).
H is now being referred to our local hospital to an Orthodontic Nurse who will try to save the tooth, or worst case, extract it. We’ll find out when in the next month or so – and it’ll be a day in hospital as she’s so young and she’ll be knocked out with gas for them to do it.
At some point in the past she’s bumped that area, and has nerve damage. I’d mentioned it to her dentist in the past and we were keeping an eye on it… but missed this.
Right now we have no answers, but in the next month or two we will, all being well. If you’re in a similar position, this is what H’s mouth currently looks like:
Right now I’m looking for as many books as possible about losing teeth – we’ve got ‘Topsy & Tim go to the Dentist’, and Peppa Pig’s ‘Tooth Fairy’ book, if you’re reading this and have any recommendations please let me know!