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Feb
26

Dental X-Rays and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you have probably been told to avoid x-rays.  Radiation is known to be harmful to a developing fetus, and you want to maintain the safest possible environment for baby.

There are times, though, when having an x-ray is inevitable. You may suffer a dental emergency, such as a knocked out tooth or dental pain from a cavity or root damage that may require an x-ray.

If this happens to you, please know that the amount of radiation in a dental x-ray is very small.  Prior to having the x-ray, inform your dentist and the dental assistant that you are pregnant. They will cover your torso (your chest and belly) with a leaded apron to protect both you and baby.  Protecting this area not only protects the uterus (your baby’s home for these nine months), but also your breasts.  Your breasts may be baby’s feeding source after birth, and precautions should be taken to keep your breasts safe from the small amount of radiation you may be exposed to during a dental x-ray.

They may also cover your neck with another piece of leaded apron.  This will help protect your thyroid gland.  Protecting both of these areas during pregnancy are incredibly important.  Thyroid function helps a developing grow and thrive.  Your thyroid gland is located in your neck, behind your ‘adam’s apple’. Thyroid function helps control metabolism, and is critical for the growth and development of a fetus.

Sometimes the benefits of an x-ray outweigh the risks.  If you find yourself in a situation where you need a dental x-ray, know that all steps will be taken to keep you and baby safe, and that you will end up benefiting in the long run. The radiation in dental x-rays is very small, and the extra precautions taken will keep both you and baby safe.  Make sure to tell your dentist and the dental office staff you are pregnant, and they will make sure that they take all necessary precautions.

Posted on the behalf of Juban Dental Care

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