Gag reflex and brushing teeth

June 28, 2006 9:30 PM

Lately, my gag reflex when brushing my teeth has gotten worse. I usually get a mild reaction but lately, it’s so bad that I’d get tears in my eyes. Which works out well since my eyes feel very dry in the morning but I digress.

I once read that modern communication technology only serves to isolate us even more but to that I say, “Maybe not.”

I went and googled “gag reflex brushing teeth” and what do I find? That the problem is quite common and I’m not alone.

From (what a cool site name!):

Usually, the gag reflex is stronger when brushing back teeth (especially the inside and biting surfaces). Gagging may be less pronounced when you keep your lips closed. Some people find it easiest to start off with brushing the outer surfaces of the lower teeth. Start off with whatever area you find easiest, move slowly, and add other areas on a day-by-day basis until you manage to cover your whole mouth. This may take several weeks.

Or it could be the Colgate 360° toothbrush which I’m using that has a tongue brusher on the back of the head. And it’s a big head. That could be causing me to gag. Heyyyyy, wait a minute … that was sick. Get that filthy image out of your head! 😛

On the same page, there’s also advice for if you are not motivated enough to brush your teeth (you filthy animals!):

Visualise how you want your teeth to look like, how they will feel when they are lovely and clean, how they will sound when you can run your finger over your teeth and hear that lovely clean squeak. Imagine running your tongue around them all smooth and clean, better still, imagine someone you fancy running their tongue around your lovely clean teeth!

Now that’s good medical advice!

12 thoughts on “Gag reflex and brushing teeth

  1. JL

    That’s right, you gag… keep gagging. And men wonder why women sometimes don’t feel like ‘it’.

    Years ago, when i wanted to know how to do that deed without gagging i asked a [gay] friend how to get over the gag reflex and he pointed me in the direction of my toothbrush. “Practise, practise, practise [not gagging]!” he said. And so i did.

    (Sorry, i know you told us not to visualise filthy things, but when i read the title ‘Gag Reflex…’, ‘it’ was the first thing that popped into my head.)

  2. mooiness Post author

    CW: no it’s not but I’ve learnt to live with it. 😉

    Kynne: yes I read that electric toothbrushes help.

    JL/Simplysiti: no harm no foul. More sex talk is always good! Heh.

  3. Xed

    I used to have that when i was younger. But I realised that I was gagging simply because I trying to breathe through my mouth! That was kinda silly but it was a reflex. so I had to train myself to breathe with my nose while brushing. It wasn’t easy and takes a little getting used to but I no longer gag while brushing. Not sure if its the same for you but maybe you can give it a try.

  4. JCJAD5

    My husband has this same problem. He has always had it, but when I got pregnat it got really worse. He got to the point where he actually would vomit about 3 to 4 times a week just from brushing his teeth. My daughter is now 6, and he is still doing it. I give him credit; I don’t think I would want to even brush my teeth. However, he still brushes! Oh yeah, thanks about the info on using a tooth brush with a small head; I am going to buy him a smaller tooth brush today!

  5. wow..

    wow this is crazy, but my problem started when i used a colgate 360 too… i liked the tongue brusher so i kept using it… im gonna go get a new toothbrush.


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