Sunday, June 3, 2012

Teeth Whitening While Pregnant or Nursing

Teeth Whitening While Pregnant or Nursing

One of the questions I get asked most often is "Is teeth whitening safe during pregnancy?"  Many women while pregnant yearn to do something for themselves and look to teeth whitening as a great solution.

The short answer is that most hydrogen based products are deemed safe during pregnancy since it metabolizes quickly. Of course, you should always consult with your physician for advice. However,  I tend to agree with Yiming Lee who says "
We don't have any evidence that bleaching your teeth will pose a significant risk to you or your baby. But we don't have enough data to say it's safe, either."
After all, when I was young saccharin and aspartame were considered safe sugar substitutes. It wasn't until years later that the side effects of these substitutes were realized.

Teeth whitening with peroxide products while breastfeeding is a different story altogether. Most experts widely agree it is probably not a good idea or recommend a natural alternative. My take on it is this, why take a chance on peroxide when there are natural alternatives available? Natural products like our ZERO White Teeth Whitening Pen are available at pricing similar to peroxide based products. In some cases, the natural product may take a little longer to offer results, but the peace of mind is worth it.

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