Professional teeth whitening is not recommended during pregnancy. The active ingredient used in whitening systems, peroxide, may pose a risk to the fetus. Simply try using whitening toothpaste that contains baking soda twice a day. All the best, Dr. Elizabeth Jahanian
Please Suggest Professional Teeth Whitening Options During Pregnancy.
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Don't Whiten When Pregnant
Although whitening has been around for many, many years and thus far has proven to be highly successful, why do anything at this special time? Once you have your healthy baby you can whiten all you want.
Tooth whitening during pregnancy
I suggest avoiding tooth whitening during pregnancy. While you should continue to have cleanings and check ups while pregnant, whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure. It's safest to delay elective cosmetic procedures until after your pregnancy.
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Caution with whitening while pregnant
Whether or not to whiten teeth in pregnancy is a common question, but it is safest to wait until not pregnant.
There is no research on whether the peroxide (active ingredient in the bleaching gels) is a risk to the developing baby, because no one wants to volunteer to be a subject in that study!
Healthy babies are very important, and until we know more, most dentists will recommend choosing the safest option: waiting.
In the meantime, it is critical to keep your gums and teeth very healthy. Pregnancy gingivitis and periodontal disease can actually be a risk to the developing baby, so make sure to see your dentist!
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