I wanted to get my teeth whitened but my dentist said it isn’t approved for use during pregnancy. I totally get that and don’t want to do anything to harm my baby. I was wondering if I could use a whitening toothpaste instead?
It’s great that you are looking out for your little one and double checking before you move forward. While whitening toothpaste won’t harm your baby, as long as you use it as directed, it will harm your teeth.
Whitening toothpastes are more abrasive than other types of toothpastes. Yes, that characteristic does help scrub off superficial stains, but it also makes micro-scratches on your tooth enamel. This will cause them to pick up more stains. This means you’ll keep using the whitening toothpaste to remove them.
Continued scratching of your enamel weakens it. Making you more susceptible to decay. Your best bet is to just continue with good oral habits and get professional teeth whitening after your baby is born.
Dental Care While Pregnant
You don’t need to avoid the dentist altogether though. In fact, it is healthier for you and your child if you continue with checkups and cleanings. Timed well, you’d only need to have one checkup during your pregnancy.
If possible, time it for during your second trimester. The reason for this is you’ll tend to be more prone to nausea during your first trimester and in your third trimester you are much larger leading to discomfort with long stints in one position. The second trimester is like the dream comfort zone.
What If a Problem Develops?
Let’s say you develop a dental infection during your pregnancy. Is it safe to get it treated or do you need to wait until after birth? Unless you are in a special high risk category, it is always better to get dental infections dealt with. There are two reasons for this:
- Dental Infections are considered dental emergencies. Dental infections spread. That could mean passing the bacteria to your baby, or even having the infection to spread into your heart or brain.
- Bacteria from infections has a connection to low birth rate. This puts your baby at risk.
It is much more important for you and your special one to get that infection taken care of. Your dentist will know any precautions which need to be taken.
This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Dentist Dr. Jerome Cha.