‘I used mouth­wash twice a day’

Gemma Gar­ratt, 34, mum to Oliver, four months, says

Mother & Baby - - BUMP TO BIRTH -

“My gums were re­ally swollen dur­ing preg­nancy and bled badly when I brushed them. At first, I stopped brush­ing as much, be­cause I was wor­ried about the amount of blood – but af­ter see­ing my den­tist, I found out that I needed to brush more.”

“I also asked what mouth­wash was safe to use dur­ing preg­nancy and was ad­vised to use one that didn’t con­tain al­co­hol. I started to use one twice a day. Speak­ing to other women at my an­te­na­tal class made me re­alise how com­mon bleed­ing gums is when you’re preg­nant. Now I’ve given birth, my gums have gone back to nor­mal.”

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