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Teeth Whitening While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Natural Teeth Whitening While Pregnant

Many references will recommend that you wait until after pregnancy and breastfeeding to use teeth whitening products. However, with the Dr. Brite Teeth Whitening Pens, you can shine up your smile without exposing you or your baby to toxic chemicals, however we recommend waiting until after pregnancy to whiten your teeth. 

Natural Teeth Whitening Ingredients 

Made with natural, organic ingredients our doctor-created teeth whitening gel gently and safely whitens your teeth within just a few days. 

  • Coconut Oil: The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties help get rid of plaque buildup, a major contributor to yellowing teeth.
  • Xylitol: Keeps oral bacteria from sticking to teeth, which reduces the risk of tooth decay, and brightens them in the process!
  • Hydrogen Peroxide*: The food grade substance is a safe bleaching agent with strong oxidizing properties that corrects tooth discoloration.

*For those with allergies or sensitive teeth, our Teeth Whitening Pen is also available in a peroxide-free version. 

Even though the Dr. Brite Teeth Whitening Pens are made with natural ingredients, please consult with your physician if pregnant or breastfeeding before use.

Common Oral Health Conditions While Pregnant

Pregnancy affects nearly all aspects of a woman’s life — including her oral health, which is why taking good care of your mouth is very important during this time. Here are some dental hygiene tips and common conditions to look out for. 

    1. Gum Disease.Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase the sensitivity of the gums, which may in some cases lead to soreness or pain. Gently brush and floss your teeth twice a day to reduce your risk of developing pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease.
    2. Dry Mouth. Pregnancy dry mouth can put women at a greater risk for problems such as tooth decay and infections. Rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash will help soothe and hydrate your oral cavity.
    3. Enamel Erosion.Morning sickness can be a major pregnancy symptom. The stomach acid in vomit, can erode your teeth and wreck havoc on your smile. Immediately rinse with water after throwing up but do not brush right away, as this will cause further abrasion to tooth enamel.

Is it safe to go to the dentist during pregnancy?

A healthy mouth decreases the risk of delivering prematurely or having a baby with low birth weight, which is why getting a checkup during pregnancy is vital for your dental health and overall health.

Routine cleanings and simple procedures like cavity fillings can be taken care of before your baby is born and your dentist can assist you with any pregnancy-related oral health symptoms you may be experiencing.

FAQs

1. Is teeth whitening safe while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Most dentists recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid teeth whitening products. There is a concern about the chemicals in these products getting into breast milk or being ingested by the mother, which could be harmful to her unborn baby. Dr. Brite Teeth Whitening Pens, on the other hand, do not contain any dangerous chemicals and can be used during pregnancy without harming you or your unborn child.

2. What are the risks of teeth whitening while pregnant or breastfeeding?

The risks of teeth whitening treatment while being a pregnant woman or a breastfeeding are not known. It is also unknown if the chemicals in the whitening toothpastes and gels used for whitening could be harmful to a fetus or nursing baby, but they are likely safe since these products have been approved by the FDA.

3. How can I safely whiten my teeth while pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are a few things to consider before deciding to whiten your teeth while pregnant or breastfeeding. You should first consult with your doctor about the risks of tooth whitening procedures and if they're safe for you. If it is determined that it is safe, then you can proceed as normal. If not, then there are other ways to maintain good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing regularly as well as using mouthwash.

4. Are there any natural teeth whitening methods that are safe while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Hydrogen peroxide is generally thought to be harmless. Tooth sensitivity is the most prevalent side effect of teeth whitening treatments. The use of common home items like coconut oil, vinegar, or charcoal for teeth whitening is promoted on several websites.

5. What are the negative effects of teeth whitening treatment while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No hazards exist for you or your kid, and the chemicals used to whiten teeth will have no effect on the quality of your breast milk.

6. Is hydrogen peroxide safe while pregnant?

Since hydrogen peroxide is quickly detoxified and only a little amount enters the bloodstream, exposure to it while pregnant is unlikely to harm the unborn child.

7. Does teeth whitening affect fertility?

You need not be concerned if you had your teeth whitened and did not realize you were pregnant at the time. The chances of the chemicals used on your teeth having any impact on your unborn child are quite slim.

8. What teeth whitening can I use while breastfeeding?

It's totally fine for nursing mothers to whiten their teeth. The peroxide-based bleaching agents used in both in-office and take-home whitening kits won't enter your bloodstream and won't pass into your breastmilk.

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