Pregnancy always wreaks havoc on my gums. First of all I feel like I’m starving all the time, so I end up eating nonstop. Second of all I have a horrible gag reflex when I brush my teeth when I’m pregnant. I do the best I can but, those two things alone are not a great combination.
So I braced myself for my first cleaning after Bobby was born. I endured the torture and the lecture and was sent home with a mouth rinse that was supposed to get my gums healthy again.
Two weeks after I had been using the rinse I decided to read the directions. Lo and behold it said to make sure and brush vigorously half an hour after using the rinse because otherwise it would stain the teeth yellow. It said the stain can become permanent! Sure enough my teeth were very yellow. I was so self conscious I didn’t want to talk to anyone. “How vain,” I told myself, “There was a time I couldn’t smile at all. I should be happy I can smile even with yellow teeth.” I didn’t say anything to my husband and hoped he wouldn’t notice.
I counted the days until my next cleaning. The hygienist worked long and hard getting the stain off of my teeth and I endured the torture with all the calm possible. I wanted that stuff off. I was so happy to look in the mirror and see my teeth’s normal color back!
I got home and for the first time told my husband about the horrible ordeal. He looked so relieved. “Did you notice my teeth were yellow?” I asked him.
“Why didn’t you say anything?” I knew he would hate it if he noticed.
“What did you want me to say? Your teeth look ugly?”
I was glad he hadn’t said anything!