Q: Can I whiten my teeth while expecting?
A: Professional whitening is not recommended during pregnancy, and any over-the-counter products should also be avoided, says New York-based cosmetic and reconstructive dentist Elisa Mello, D.D.S. “The chemicals created during the procedure are caustic to cells, and we can’t know for certain what damage they may do to a developing baby,” she explains. To safely remove stains, make a paste of equal parts strawberries and baking soda and brush onto teeth. Let it sit for five minutes before rinsing. (Strawberries contain malic acid, a natural substance that breaks down stains.) Or, try Dr. Ken’s All Natural Maximum Care Toothpaste ($8) with baking soda.