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Pregnancy: Tooth Staining and Dental Procedures

Q: Since becoming pregnant, my teeth have begun to discolour - is it safe to whiten my teeth while pregnant?

A: There is no evidence that whitening your teeth while pregnant is harmful. However, we don’t recommend it. Though there may be no conclusive research, exposing yourself to unnecessary chemicals while pregnant is not suggested.Factors associated with pregnancy can cause discolouration in teeth. For example, the excess iron women often take for pregnancy can cause dark stains on the teeth.If you are trying to conceive, but you also want to get some elective or cosmetic dental procedures, book an appointment at one of our Winnipeg clinics sooner rather than later. It is more convenient to have elective procedures done before you conceive. If you require dental treatment during pregnancy, non-urgent procedures are often performed after the first trimester.