Gum health through the generations

Before launching into the purpose of this post I feel it right to tell you that I very nearly made a disastrous start to it. I spent about 5 minutes pondering the title and then entered the words “Bum health through the generations.” Thanks for reading. Anyway, take two… 

When I was a child, my mum always drummed into me the importance of looking after both my teeth and my gums. The reason for this was because of the terrible problems she has suffered throughout her life, caused by gum disease.

Luckily for me, her experience has meant that I have always been incredibly careful both to brush my teeth twice a day and not to eat an excess of sugary food. As a result, I have had no problems at all with my teeth or gums, never having had a filling or any gum problems identified by a dentist. 

These days, I am keen to pass on to my own children the fabulous advice that my mum gave to me. Yes… children in the plural. Libby will be a big sister in April or May next year. That’s why when I had the opportunity to review Oral-B’s new Pro-Expert Premium gum protection toothpaste, I jumped at the chance. 

Pregnancy is one of the most important times to look after your gums. Shockingly, Oral-B have revealed that a massive 50 to 70% of women develop gum problems at some point during their pregnancy. The hormones produced make your gums more vulnerable at this time. You might notice gums bleeding, receding, and becoming more sensitive. You could even experience loose teeth and terribly bad breath. 

Luckily, Oral-B pro-expert has been great for me over the last few weeks. It tastes great and I was particularly pleased to notice that as well as the benefits for my gums, it is gradually whitening my teeth. Strangely, I have found it easier to use this toothpaste, probably because of it’s distinctive taste. I was really struggling to brush my teeth previously because it caused me to feel nauseous. I’m so glad I can brush them a bit easier now though because it really is important to keep up with regular brushing during pregnancy. 

Tooth and gum care is so important to me that I’m already trying to pass on the importance of it to Libby. I make sure her teeth are brushed twice a day with a 0-3 toothpaste. Myself or my husband brush her teeth for her but then we let her have a go once we’re sure they’re brushed properly. Here are mine and Libby’s secret weapons for looking after our teeth and gums at the moment… 



  1. Gina
    October 19, 2013 / 8:16 am

    I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work.

    • Natalie Ray
      October 19, 2013 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you Gina I really appreciate your comments. 🙂

  2. Marianne Hopwood
    October 19, 2013 / 7:14 pm

    Great informative post. I’m always amazed when people have to fight with their kids to brush their teeth – I have to keep the toothpastes and brushes on top of the bathroom cupboard because Toby won’t leave them alone and fluoride is pretty toxic stuff so we really don’t want him getting more than a little smear morning and night. Don’t forget what a great thing you are doing for your teeth and gums by not smoking too 🙂

    • Natalie Ray
      October 21, 2013 / 1:45 pm

      Thanks Maz, Libby enjoys brushing her teeth too, she asked me to do it again last night after I’d finished. She also seems to appreciate the ridiculous tiger toothbrush – when I say shall we brush your teeth? she responds with “grrrr”! Which I take as a yes! You’re right about smoking, never crosses my mind really – there’s really no up-side to smoking!

  3. Emma Schwarz
    October 20, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    Great post, I had no idea that pregnant woman are more likely to develop gum problems. Also, lovely news I am so excited about being an Auntie again :).


    • Natalie Ray
      October 21, 2013 / 1:46 pm

      Thanks Em… You and Alice might have to stop referring to Libby as your favourite baby now, I suspect dibdab2 might start getting a bit jealous when he or she turns up! 😉

  4. October 25, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    Great post and the bum health bit made me giggle. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

    • Natalie Ray
      October 28, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks Kate, I’ll let you know if I ever do decide to write about bum health 😉

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