This is a sponsored post by Arm & Hammer. I received compensation and/or a free sample for this review but the opinions are 100% my own.
I recently shared with all of you some of the gross things that no one tells you about pregnancy. There was actually one other thing I left off that I should tell you about now. Morning sickness! For a lot of women their morning sickness goes away or gets better in the second trimester. Not me.
I actually suffer from HG. To put it simply I have severe morning sickness that doesn’t go away. With my first son I was hospitalized because I was vomiting so much I was actually losing weight. In addition to my HG I also have GERD, severe acid reflux which keeps the pH in my mouth much lower than normal. The enamel covering our teeth begins to weaken when the pH drops to 5.5 or below.
Acid is supposed to stay in our stomachs, because it’s an important part of the digestion process. Morning sickness exposes your teeth to higher levels of stomach acid. The reason is because nausea and vomiting brings acid from the stomach up into your mouth. Imagine vomiting numerous times a day. Unlike the name suggests morning sickness can happen any time of day. That constant exposure to high levels of acid can cause your enamel to weaken and also tooth sensitivity.
If you are anything like me you have to brush your teeth immediately after you vomit. However the best thing for you to do is rinse your mouth first with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a cup of water to neutralize the acid. Then brush with Arm & Hammer Bright & Strong toothpaste.
How Arm & Hammer Bright & Strong Helps
Arm & Hammer Bright & Strong is the only toothpaste with Triple Enamel Protection. I know a lot of us try to make sure the products we use are safe for us and our unborn child/ren. However you can feel better knowing that Arm & Hammer Bright & Strong is made of 35% natural baking soda and is free from many ingredients that pregnant mamas may hope to avoid, such as triclosan, parabens, artificial preservatives, and microbeads.
If you want to know how it helps your teeth:
1) strengthens enamel with fluoride
2) neutralizes enamel-eroding acids with baking soda
3) repairs enamel surface with Liquid Calcium Technology.
Because my morning sickness never goes away I often have a gross metallic taste in my mouth. It makes it uncomfortable to eat because my food just doesn’t taste right. I often feel like I’m just walking around with horrible breath. But if you start using the toothpaste in your first trimester you can alleviate that. More importantly you can start protecting your teeth early in your pregnancy before the morning sickness starts damaging your teeth.
Have you used Arm & Hammer Bright & Strong before? Tell me about your experiences!