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There are several side effects of chemotherapy and I’ve touched upon this subject in earlier posts. But there are two side-effects I haven’t mentioned that much. Not because they’re not bothering me, they really are, but they were simply forgotten in the jungle of everything else.

For new readers, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2018, and you can read more about that here and here.

Hot flushes

The first thing is hot flushes. Because the chemo put me in artificial menopause, hot flushes followed by “cold flushes” have been a struggle for months now, several times a day and at night. Super annoying! Unfortunately, there’s not much to do about this, other than layering with pieces of clothing that can easily be thrown on and off. Preferably in natural and breathable materials such as cashmere, silk and cotton.

I’ve heard cutting down on coffee, red wine and chocolate may help, but they’re a few of my favorite things to enjoy in life so it’s not worth it to me! I’d rather do layering and have an extra shower before bedtime, to be honest.

Dry skin and a dry mouth

The second thing is that the chemo affects the mucous membranes, meaning it dries out the body. For me, dry skin (it went from oily to very dry) and a dry mouth that feels like sandpaper are the biggest issues.

Apart from drinking a LOT of water, I use plenty of serum, facial cream and body lotions with extra moisture for the dry skin.

For my dry mouth, I’ve developed a new oral hygiene routine. Why? Because not only is it unpleasant to have a sandpapery dry mouth, it’s bad for the health of the oral tissues too. Cancer patients may have heavy dental issues after treatment so proper oral hygiene is crucial.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush and my dental hygiene routine.

My new oral hygiene routine

My new oral hygiene routine is as follows:

  • I switched to a toothpaste without soap (!) and with natural enzymes and proteins
  • I switched to a dry mouth rinse
  • I started to floss again (I’ll admit I’ve been a bit lazy in that area!)
  • I changed to a new electric toothbrush from Smile Brilliant

The goal is to protect the teeth and keep the mouth moisturized. Since chemo dries out the body, it reduces saliva production too. Saliva is essential for preserving and maintaining the health of all oral tissues. When food particles remain in the mouth, bacteria multiply and form plaque. Saliva can neutralize and clean acids produced by bacteria, preventing enamel demineralization.

Without saliva, tooth structure would dissolve. Sounds horrible? Yep!

During chemo, your gums get more sensitive as well, and they may bleed more easily (your nose too, for that matter!).

Switching to a new electric toothbrush from Smile Brilliant

I’ve been using an electric toothbrush for many years and been a happy camper, but there have been a couple of things that have been bothering me with them as well. Like they can be pretty rough on my teeth and gums, especially in sensitive periods.

When Smile Brilliant got in touch and offered me to try out their cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush I must admit was a little hesitant. But after reading more about it, it seemed different from the others I’ve had used in the past. So I figured, why not? I was excited to try something new. Plus, the timing was perfect because of the chemotheraphy issues!

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush

So, what do I think of it?

After using it for a few weeks, here are my honest thoughts of the cariPRO electric toothbrush.

What I like about it:

I’m pleasantly surprised by how gentle it is, on all the different brush modes. It’s gentle but still cleans your teeth properly. And it buzzes more silently than the other electric toothbrushes I’ve had in the past. It’s kind of a weird but somehow soothing noise!

You have 5 different brush modes to choose from, Clean, White, Massage, Gum Care and Sensitive. My favorites are the normal Clean version and the more intensive White version, which I feel is quite effective. But because I’m a bit more sensitive now, I’ve been using the Clean and Sensitive modes the most.

The toothbrush’s head is larger and oval shaped, more like a classic non-electric type, which I prefer over the little round heads I’ve had on previous electric toothbrushes. Also, the brush itself is very soft and treats your gums nicely.

The tongue scraper at the back of the toothbrush’s head is a nice little touch that I love. A coffee lover like me needs it!

And it’s very price-friendly! About half the price of a comparable electric toothbrush. We love that, don’t we?


Honestly, there is not much in terms of improvements to talk about, just two things.

This toothbrush only comes with a charger base. Preferably, it would be nice if it came with a travel case or some kind of protector for the toothbrush’s head as well. I was spending a night away from home an brought it with me, but had to pack it in a plastic bag. Didn’t have to bring the charger though, as it has a 30-day charge!

Because this toothbrush is made in the USA and I live in Norway, it came with a US plug which is not suitable for plugs in Norway or other European countries. But I fixed this easily by getting an adapter. Luckily, the voltage was not a problem.

Exclusive coupon code and a giveaway!

Want to try out this toothbrush as well? Honestly, I think you’d love it as much as I do! And I’m saying this as an electric toothbrush user for many years. It’s important for me to be honest and I’d never recommend products that I can’t relate to and genuinely like.

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PS. the giveaway is open to USA, UK, Australia, and Canadian residents (sorry to my readers in Norway and other countries!).

Smile fearlessly, it’s time to brush!

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3 Comments on How I deal with chemo side-effects and why I love my new electric toothbrush!

  1. I actually have a different style of their toothbrush and love it. It’s the one with the UV light. But I am always looking to try new new ones! Thanks for the review and coupon code! 💕

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