Teeth Whitening in Pregnancy

teeth whiteningIf you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it can seem like there is a never ending list of things that you can and cannot do. Not only are you supposed to avoid things like alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and lunch meat but you’re also supposed to refrain from getting your teeth whitened while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Read on to learn more about why and what this means for you and your pregnancy.

Why Not
According to the American Dental Association, because there isn’t enough conducive research surrounding teeth whitening and pregnancy, it is encouraged for women to refrain from teeth whitening while pregnant or breastfeeding. In other words, there really is no evidence to say that it’s either okay or not okay for you to whiten your teeth while pregnant or breastfeeding, so it is best to avoid it altogether.

Because whitening products contain bleach and hydrogen peroxide, both agents that are considered safe for teeth whitening for adults who aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding, if these chemicals seep into your bloodstream, they may harm your fetus and/or cause some birth defects. However, as stated above, it is unclear what and if the correlation is between teeth whitening and pregnancy.

What Can You Use
Although you aren’t supposed to use over-the-counter whitening agents like whitening strips or trays, or whitening products from Joel Smith’s office, you can still use whitening toothpastes while pregnant. Because whitening toothpastes have minimal amounts of potentially harmful chemicals in them, it’s safe for you to use it throughout your entire pregnancy— just make sure to consult your OBGYN before you start using it.

When you are pregnant, you wan to do everything you can to ensure that both you and your unborn baby are safe and protected throughout your entire pregnancy. And as an area in the dental field that is still a bit hazy, it’s recommended that you avoid whitening your teeth while pregnant or breastfeeding. To learn more about teeth whitening while pregnant or just teeth whitening in general, contact Dr. Joel Smith’s office today!

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