“Steer clear of teeth whitening,” says Dr Sandra Short from Gentle Dental Care in Sydney. “The chemicals used are very strong bleaching agents and we use UV light to activate them. It is definitely a case where you should err on the side of caution.” Sandra continues, “I also don’t like to take X-rays when women are pregnant as we are dealing with radiation.” If you need to have a filling, make an appointment during a safe time in your pregnancy. “We always do them in the second trimester to cause as little stress to the baby as possible,” says Sandra. Surprisingly, orthodontics works well in the third trimester. “Your body is preparing for birth and, as such, all the bones, including the jaws and teeth, soften, which means teeth move rapidly. We can achieve a year’s worth of results in those three months.” Who knew?