Is Teeth Whitening Safe During Pregnancy?
Safety first at Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford.
Being pregnant can affect different women in different ways. For some, it is a joy all the way through, whilst for others, it is a struggle with a big reward at the end of it.
For the latter group, cosmetic dentistry could be a tempting way to improve how they feel about themselves but ‘expecting’ does bring with it the added responsibility of protecting the unborn child and not exposing it to any risks.
A few mums to be, that are patients of Blue Sky Dental, have asked us about the safety of having a teeth whitening procedure. We address this issue in today’s blog, along with alternative suggestions as to how you can safely improve the appearance of your teeth.
The tailored home whitening kits that we provide for our Chelmsford cosmetic patients do include chemicals in the form of a whitening bleach. Studies have shown there to be no evidence to suggest that the whitening solution is harmful for mums to be or those nursing a young child. Despite this evidence, however, legislation does exist that prevents teeth whitening treatments being carried out for women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding.
Whilst this may be frustrating for some, health and safety laws are designed to protect, and, as a teeth whitening procedure is not an essential dental treatment, legislators have obviously decided to err on the side of caution. We would urge that expecting patients (or anyone else for that matter), do not seek out a rogue whitening boutique. These are now illegal and have been found, at times, to administer large doses of the whitening bleach. This could be harmful to both yourself and the child.
If you have had a teeth whitening procedure but weren’t aware that you were pregnant at the time, there should be no cause for concern. If you are worried about it in any way though, please consult your GP.
What can I do?
For any mum to be who is unhappy about the way that their teeth look, we do understand the frustrations, but equally, we are sure that you will have your child’s interest as a priority.
It may be worth trying a teeth whitening toothpaste. Although these are no match for a professional teeth whitening treatment, they may remove some surface staining from your teeth. We would recommend that you use these only after visiting our dental hygienist who will be able to remove surface staining from your teeth, using a high speed brush. This should help to improve their appearance a little. In fact, we would recommend regular hygienist visits for all of our expecting Chelmsford patients, as the risk of gum disease increases during pregnancy due to hormonal changes at this time. Visits to the hygienist will help to prevent this and, in many cases, improve the appearance of your teeth too.
Teeth whitening appointments can be booked many months in advance. If you wish to book yours for after your child has been born, please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.