Is Teeth Whitening a Good Idea During Pregnancy?

In short, no! Generally speaking tooth whitening in London is almost risk-free, but this does rely on people being sensible enough to seek professional advice prior to whitening, and to book a full check-up with their dentist, or someone who specialises in whitening like Dr Wyman Chan. While it is extremely safe, it is not recommended during pregnancy. This doesn’t necessarily mean it will definitely cause harm to an unborn child, but is due to the fact that there haven’t been sufficient studies into this subject, so the effects are largely unknown, and it is simply not worth taking the risk. It is also not advisable while breast feeding. The links between good oral health during pregnancy and the health of an unborn baby are only just beginning to be fully known and studied, but do show the need for great dental care at this time.

Oral Health Changes during Pregnancy

Being pregnant does affect oral health, and women need to pay much more attention to their daily regime during this time. The reason for this is that hormonal changes make the gum tissues more sensitive to plaque bacteria, and this can increase the risk of the gum tissues becoming inflamed, and subsequently the risk of developing a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Gingivitis, or gum disease causes the gum tissues to become red and tender, and they are likely to bleed more frequently.

Another condition called pregnancy tumours can cause small lumps or swellings to develop on the gums. Both these conditions should clear up once the baby is born, but in the meantime there are things that can be done to help alleviate these risks. Anyone thinking of getting pregnant may want to visit their dentist prior to doing so, as any necessary dental treatment can be carried out beforehand. Anyone who is pregnant should book a check-up with their dentist to ensure everything is well.

Dentists often want to see their pregnant patients more frequently, and may suggest professional cleanings more often than every six months to help minimise the risk of gingivitis.  Morning sickness can also be a problem, as it exposes the teeth to strong stomach acids, damaging the tooth enamel. Carrying a small dental kit of toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash can be helpful. It can also be useful to always have a bottle of water, as rinsing out the mouth can help pH levels return to normal more quickly after a bout of nausea. It is important to take good dental care seriously during pregnancy, as poor oral health has been associated with low birth weights and premature births.

Once the baby is born, and providing the mother is not breast feeding, then it should be perfectly safe to book an appointment to see Dr Chan at the Smile Studio London, especially as a healthy baby is always something to smile about. Pregnancy only lasts a few months, so foregoing teeth whitening in London for such a short period of time is no real hardship. While it isn’t considered safe to have any type of tooth whitening in London  during pregnancy, it is okay to use products such as whitening toothpastes, to gently remove some surface staining.