Pregnancy can make you question everything. And there’s a good reason for that: each trimester of pregnancy impacts the overall health of your mouth. Morning sickness can erode your teeth’s enamel. Dry mouth and dietary changes can increase your risk of tooth decay. Even hormonal changes have an impact on your gum’s sensitivity. So when it comes to dental care procedures besides brushing and flossing, always ask a dentist.

Is it safe to whiten your teeth?

Over the counter and many DIY teeth whitening products carry the risk of being unhealthy for everyone. When bleaching pastes are applied incorrectly, they can hurt your mouth. This includes letting the product stay on your teeth for too long, whitening your teeth too frequently, or applying the material to your gumline. Some chemicals are dangerous to ingest. Even without health ramifications, over the counter products and DIY recipes might whiten your teeth unevenly or in splotches.

However, even with professional treatments, it’s generally considered best to wait. There have not been any definitive links between either light-based whitening or chemical treatments. But many dentists will encourage patients to wait until they are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding, especially for treatments with whitening pastes.

Pregnancy can already cause teeth to become sensitive and can cause acid erosion. Both of these are reasons to wait. However, if you want to make your teeth look as healthy as possible, ask your dentist. They may have mild treatments that can help, and they’ll certainly have a list of foods to avoid. They can also examine your teeth for new signs of tooth decay or gum disease so you stay healthy.

While professional teeth whitening at your dentist’s office isn’t dangerous, delaying it can be a reasonable precaution. Talk to your dentist or contact us for more information.