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If you are pregnant, you may have several unwanted physical changes happening. Since you can’t control your growing belly or swollen feet, you may want to consider enhancing your smile. While professional teeth whitening is one of the fastest and most popular ways to boost your smile confidence, it is not always safe during pregnancy. Not all cosmetic dental treatments are risky, but you may want to wait for professional-grade teeth whitening until your baby is delivered and out of harm’s way.

Zoom! Whitening

Zoom! is one of the most trusted methods of professional teeth whitening. It involves a patented hydrogen peroxide gel and special dental laser lights to lighten teeth by several shades in just one hour. While most people are good candidates for Zoom, it is not recommended for women who are nursing or pregnant.

The Risk of Teeth Whitening When Pregnant 

More research is needed to confirm the danger of teeth whitening during pregnancy, but if you are like most expectant moms, it’s simply not worth the risk. Although no study has revealed that teeth whitening is harmful to the fetus, there remains some concern about the impact of absorbing high levels of hydrogen peroxide into the body when pregnant. Research has indicated that large amounts can break down fetal tissue. Since there is no surefire way to monitor or measure the amount of hydrogen peroxide that is absorbed into your body during professional whitening treatment, most dentists recommend against this cosmetic dentistry service during pregnancy. For the same reasons, it is also best to avoid teeth whitening while nursing your baby.

Are Store-Bought Whitening Products Safe?

There are countless over-the-counter whitening products on the market today. Most of these contain a much smaller amount of the same chemicals found in professional whitening systems. The lower doses of hydrogen peroxide can make OTC products safer than a professional whitening gel, but they are not risk-free. Additional studies need to be conducted to accurately determine if all whitening products should be avoided during pregnancy. When in doubt, ask your dentist or gynecologist!

The Issue of Pregnancy-related Gingivitis

Another reason that many dentists warn against teeth whitening during pregnancy is related to a pregnant woman’s gums during these nine months. Due to surging hormones, the gums have an increased amount of blood and often swell or bleed. Gingivitis during pregnancy is very common, which makes oral hygiene a critical task since we know that untreated gum disease can lead to premature birth. When it comes to teeth whitening, however, the harsh chemicals can make gum irritation and sensitivity even worse. Women may find teeth whitening to be more uncomfortable when they are pregnant.

Safe Stain Removal for Moms-to-Be

Don’t worry; you don’t have to live with a dingy smile just because you are pregnant. Most surface stains can be easily removed with a professional dental cleaning. These cleanings are not only beneficial to the aesthetics of your smile, but also your oral health and body health. A cleaning from your dentist removes hardened plaque and tartar that your regular tooth brush can’t handle on its own. This prevents decay, bad breath and gum disease while your body works hard to grow a baby.

While a professional dental cleaning won’t brighten your teeth like a ZOOM! Whitening session can, it can certainly help to polish away the dingy layer on your teeth that may be ruining your smile confidence. Scheduling a dental cleaning during pregnancy can set the stage for even greater rewards in ZOOM! Teeth Whitening when your pregnancy is over.

A Dentist for Pregnant Mothers

At Group Health Dental, we value the health and safety of our patients. We strongly encourage pregnant moms to come see us for their routine cleanings and checkups. You can trust that we will work hard to keep you as comfortable as possible at every step of your visit. Our dentists will never perform or advise a dental treatment that has a potential to cause harm to your unborn child. To learn more about which dental procedures are necessary and which ones are risky during pregnancy, please contact our New York office. We can always find a way to enhance your smile confidence!

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New York, NY 10036

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Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).

CMG G.

I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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