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Is it safe to bleach my teeth during pregnancy?

We don't have any evidence that bleaching your teeth during pregnancy poses any risks to you or your baby. However, there isn't enough data to tell us for sure whether it's safe or not.

Because of this, healthcare providers recommend that you wait until after you've given birth to bleach your teeth. Your healthcare provider may also advise you to wait until after you're done breastfeeding.

The peroxide used in bleaching causes an oxidation process that can be harmful to tissues and cells. We don't know whether this is a risk to you or your baby.

There's another whitening process called microabrasion that uses acidic components to remove stains, but there's even less pregnancy data on microabrasion products. Also, please talk to your dentist before using any over-the-counter bleaching products, as tooth discoloration can be a sign of a larger dental problem, such as tooth decay.

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