Pregnancy brings about a whole world of questions. For many, it means a lifestyle change. There’s no drinking, no smoking, a change in diet and exercise. But what about cosmetic procedures? Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments in the world. But is teeth whitening when pregnant safe?
At Dental on York, your health is our number one concern. We value each and every one of our patients and want everyone to be proud of their smile.
In this article, we will have a closer look at teeth whitening when pregnant. We will answer the question of whether or not it is safe. We will also give you some helpful tips on caring for your oral health when pregnant.
Is Teeth Whitening When Pregnant Safe?
While there is no specific evidence to suggest teeth whitening when pregnant isn’t safe, it is best to avoid it. Teeth whitening is a luxury, not an essential medical treatment. This means expectant mothers should probably wait until after delivery to have their teeth whitened. It is unknown whether or not the use of bleach in teeth whitening is harmful to a growing foetus. So, it is better to be safe than sorry. Most dentists will recommend that you don’t undergo teeth whitening while pregnant.
It is always recommended that you speak to your dentist before undergoing any cosmetic treatment. They will be able to provide you with insight and knowledge of each procedure. You can then decide whether or not it is right for you.
Should I be Worried About my Oral Health while Pregnant?
Pregnancy brings about a lot of change in the body. The rush of new hormones can have an effect on your oral health. Some things to look out for are:
- Gingivitis or swollen/bleeding gums which are aggravated by hormonal changes in the body. This may mean you have to be slightly gentler with daily tooth brushing and flossing.
- Tooth erosion brought about by increased acidity of saliva caused by morning sickness. If you are experiencing morning sickness it is recommended that you brush your teeth more frequently.
- Cavities because of increased cravings for sugary foods. Just be aware of the amount of sugar you are eating and take care of cleaning your teeth.
- Pyogenic granulomas. These are round growths that appear on your gums. They are caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy. You can speak to your dentist about this if you are experiencing them.
It is a good idea to keep your dentist up to date with any of the above issues. They will be able to provide treatment options to help. Everyone’s body responds differently to pregnancy. Some people may experience a lot of oral issues while others may experience none. So, keep an eye out for any potential problems.
How to Care for your Oral Health while Pregnant
The amount of health-related information can be overwhelming when it comes to pregnancy. It is important to listen to your body and speak to professionals if you have any concerns. Here are some tips on caring for your oral health while pregnant:
- Brush your teeth after every meal with fluoride-based toothpaste. Remember to avoid swallowing the toothpaste.
- Floss every day but be gentle if you are experiencing gingivitis.
- Eat a balanced diet. It can be hard to kick the sugar cravings but try to limit your intake.
- Keep up your regular dental visits while pregnant and discuss any concerns with your dentist.
- Rinse your mouth with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. This will protect your teeth from the acids that come from morning sickness.
- Follow the advice of your dentist.
Achieve a Whiter Smile at Dental on York
While we do not recommend teeth whitening when pregnant, we can give you other helpful tips for keeping that smile bright. We have a few different options for teeth whitening that you can explore after giving birth. We are always happy to help and give advice. Give us a call today if you have any questions or to book an appointment.