Much is said about pregnancy care and care and in the midst of so much information, many women end up avoiding doing several things out of fear, mainly regarding the aesthetic part. Regardless of the reason, it is important to know that not all aesthetic treatments are recommended for pregnant women and that is why today we are going to clarify whether pregnant women can have teeth whitening.
The aesthetic concern is present in the pregnancy of many women and this has already been made clear to many specialists. Still, there are many doubts about what really does or does not hurt a woman during this period.
It is common knowledge that we should go to the dentist at least once every semester for routine consultations and with pregnant women this should be no different. But not all types of treatments are recommended for these women, although there are controversies. Tooth whitening is one of them, but in order to understand why this controversy is generated, we need to talk about the types of tooth whitening that exist.
Types of Teeth Whitening
There are basically two types of teeth whitening that can be done: The one done at home, with the assistance of a professional and the one done at the dentist’s office. Both types of bleaching show very similar results, but the two have some differences between them that we will comment on for a better understanding.
Dental whitening done at home is done through a tray that your dentist does. From there, a gel needs to be applied daily and the tray used for this gel to take effect. The results of this type of tooth whitening are slower than those made in the office, but appear the same way.
Done in the Office
The dental whitening done in the office is done by laser and with a more concentrated gel, which makes the results appear much faster than with the dental whitening done at home. The session is usually single and lasts about an hour, although in some cases more than one session is necessary for the treatment to be complete.
Are There Risks If A Pregnant Does Whitening Toothpaste?
Once we understand how both types of teeth whitening are done, we can explain whether a pregnant woman can have teeth whitening or not, whether there are risks and what they are. The truth is that there are not enough studies to prove that doing this type of whitening really affects some aspect of a woman’s pregnancy, but the general recommendation is that the woman who is pregnant does not do either of the existing types.
That’s because pregnancy itself already causes several hormonal changes in women, which ends up making their teeth more sensitive. The oxidation process, which makes the teeth whiter, the process also has chances of proving harmful to the formation of cells and tissues of the baby and, for this reason, when asked the obstetrician and dentist if pregnant can make whitening the answer is objective: NO
And After Childbirth?
For the same reasons, it is also recommended that a woman avoid doing any tooth whitening process right after having her baby. First and foremost, because chemicals can affect breastfeeding and, although there are no studies to prove any harm, there is also no one that says it does not hurt.
For this reason, dentists and doctors recommend that a woman only undergo a tooth whitening treatment after the baby is weaned . Because it is a purely aesthetic process and does not have an urgent character, it is the best way to protect yourself and thus you will not run any kind of risk, much less the baby.
Although aesthetic concerns are many for many pregnant women, it is important to know what is and is not recommended so that there are no consequences for either the woman or the baby.
Therefore, when doubts arise as to whether a pregnant woman can have teeth whitening, it is important to research and read a lot about it before taking any action. Knowing
this is important both to know the recommendations of experts and the risks you can take when doing such a treatment.
Also, do not rule out the possibility of a visit to your doctor, who will certainly know how to correctly indicate all types of treatments that are or are not recommended for you.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.