Is Laser Teeth Whitening During Pregnancy OK?

Is it safe to have laser teeth whitening performed during pregnancy? If not, is there a safer method of teeth whitening instead?

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Avoid laser whitening while pregnant

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Although there is no evidence that laser whitening teeth while pregnant will affect the developing baby, it is best to postpone the whitening procedure until a woman is no longer pregnant and not breastfeeding.   Healthy babies are very important, and until we know more, we 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!

Dubuque Dentist

Whitening Products and Pregnant Women

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Pregnant women should not use any in-office or at-home whitening products.  However, it's fine to use regular whitening toothpaste such as Crest Whitening.  Brush and floss twice a day to prevent stain build-up and get your regular dental cleanings.  Best, Dr. Elizabeth Jahanian.

Elizabeth Jahanian, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist

Wait on Whitening When Pregnant

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Pregnancy is a wonderful time-It is a time to eat right, exercise and take care of yourself.  While I doubt that whitening is a problem-most of us agree that waiting is the best advice we can give at this time. 

Go to your dentist and get a good cleaning-use whitening toothpastes like Supersmile.  Once you have had your baby and have stopped breast feeding, go get a professional whitening!!!

Wendy S. Spektor, DDS
Bellevue Dentist

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Best to wait on whitening your teeth

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I would just wait. Peroxides are capable of mutating genes, although they would have to get deep into the tissue and then into the blood stream, and then to the baby to affect the baby's health. I doubt that it is significantly absorbed to do that, but it is wise to just wait and get them whitened first thing when your baby is born.

M. Andrew Atwood, DDS
Bellevue Dentist

Avoid any tooth whitening while pregnant

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It is prudent to avoid any kind of tooth whitening procedure while pregnant.  While most products have a very limited depth of penetration, it is still wise to avoid any unnecessary procedures while pregnant.

Gerilyn Alfe, DMD
Chicago Dentist

Teeth Whitening is not safe at Pregnancy

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Teeth Whitening or any other chemical is prohibited during pregnancy. However the base of the Whitening material is Hydrogen Peroxide which is safe,But there is some other additives which are not good for the baby and mom's body. You havr better to get the whitening after delivery.

Bruce Vafa, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist

Dont whiten during pregnancy...!

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The researchers behind the whitening products dont recommend it for pregnant or nursing mothers so we just dont do it....

Michael J. Thomas, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist

Whitening during pregnancy not recommended

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Any form of tooth whitening during pregnancy is absolutely contraindicated.  There is no evidence that peroxide gels used for whitening are dangerous to pregnant women or the fetus, however, there is no proof that it is safe.

Even after delivery, whitening during breast feeding is not recommended.  Again, there are no studies to prove otherwise, and until something scientific comes out in the literature, tooth whitening should be avoided during pregnancy or while breast feeding.

Michael Gulizio, DMD, MS
Manhattan Dentist

No studies prove bleaching is safe during pregnancy

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The studies just don't exist, since challenge in this situation is to find pregnant volunteers for the study.  While it is VERY LIKELY safe, all bleaching products have warnings against use for small children and pregnant women.  The truth is, we just don't know.

Even laser whitening uses peroxide gels, so there is no getting around them.  Most dentists will decline treating until after the pregnancy.

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