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Can I whiten my teeth while pregnant or nursing?

teeth whitening IrvingA woman has a certain glow about her during pregnancy, and many mothers-to-be may be interested in enhancing that glow through cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening.

Expectant mothers are advised to put off teeth whitening until they’ve given birth and have finished breastfeeding, though. There may be a small risk of swallowing some of the whitening gel, which typically contain peroxides.

At this time, it is unclear whether the gels used in teeth whitening have an effect on a developing fetus or breast milk. Better safe than sorry is a good policy to follow when it comes to pregnant or nursing women and whitening the teeth.

Regardless of whether the whitening treatments are provided by a dentist or with over-the-counter products, whitening the teeth is best avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

In addition to potential risks to the baby, hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can cause or exacerbate gum disease, potentially making the gum tissue more sensitive to the bleaching agents in whitening gels.

If you are planning to become pregnant, put teeth whitening on your pre-conception to-do list. Getting a professional-quality teeth whitening treatment from a dentist will give your smile a longer-lasting boost to help get you through the many months of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Alternatively, waiting until after you are done breastfeeding can be an option, too. Cosmetic dentistry can help harried moms feel a bit more glamorous, and teeth whitening is an important part of smile beautification.

Although whitening is discouraged, pregnant women can keep teeth looking their best by sticking to a recommended brushing and flossing routine. Expectant mothers can also get a professional dental cleaning during the second trimester, an effort that’s important to both the smile’s appearance and its health.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you should schedule a visit to our Irving dental practice in advance whether it’s for a cosmetic treatment or not. Our experienced team can give you guidance regarding dental care during your pregnancy. Call 972-556-0600 to schedule your appointment.

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