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Are Dental X-rays During Pregnancy Safe for Your Baby?

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Pregnancy is a beautiful journey and, while your body is undergoing massive amounts of change, it does not mean that you should avoid your dental care routine. In fact, it is all the more imperative to take care of your dental health during pregnancy.

Did you know that you are prone to diseases like pregnancy gingivitis? This is why usual dental routine checkups are recommended during pregnancy in adjunct to regular medical check-ups.

As a dentist, there is one question we often hear in our practice: “Are dental X-Rays during pregnancy safe for my baby?Well, the short answer is YES! Now, let’s examine why. 

 

Why is it Safe to get Dental X-rays During Pregnancy?

 

dental x-raysX-Rays are important to help detect diseases and treat them. The amount of radiation used to capture a dental X-ray is very low and, according to both the American Dental Association and the American Pregnancy Association, is not strong enough to cause any harm to a pregnant woman or her baby.

It is also noteworthy to add that beyond these numbers, the dental X-Ray Technician also uses an extra layer of protection to make it even safer for everyone, even more so for pregnant women. The dental technician places a heavy apron over you before capturing your X-Ray. 

This apron contains lead which minimizes exposure to radiation. The apron is very long and covers your body from the neck to the abdomen. This protects the baby from exposure to radiation. The apron might feel heavy or uncomfortable but don’t let this prevent you from wearing this. 

 

Some Helpful Tips for Dental Treatment during Pregnancy

getting x ray while pregnant

  • Always inform your dentist when you become pregnant.
  • Avoid dental treatment during your first trimester. This is the time the foetus is undergoing major developmental changes. 
  • The second trimester is the safest time to get dental treatment. 
  • Extremely extensive treatment should be avoided during your pregnancies.

 

The last thing you want with a baby on your lap is a dental emergency that could have been handled during your pregnancy. Therefore, it’s imperative that you care for your oral health during your pregnancy. 

Visit your dental specialist for more information and treatment modalities!

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