Avoid cosmetic dentistry while pregnant, says expert

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Although there are no proven risks, cosmetic dentistry falls into the "better-safe-than-sorry category" for expectant mothers, it has been claimed.

Heidi Murkoff, author of What To Expect When You’re Expecting, told MSNBC’s Today programme that there are a number of things to avoid when pregnant.

She claimed that there is no scientific proof that teeth whitening can harm the baby or mother, it is wise to avoid it just in case.

In addition, Ms Murkoff stated that veneers are also best delayed until after the birth.

"Your gums might be extra-sensitive when you’ve got a baby on board, making any dental procedure – including veneers and whitening – more uncomfortable than usual," she explained.

However, it is important to make sure teeth are kept clean and well flossed, she advised.

Research by the British Dental Health Foundation found that between 60 per cent and 70 per cent of expectant mothers develop gum disease, making it especially important for increased care while pregnant.ADNFCR-1374-ID-18542439-ADNFCR

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