As a mom-to-be, you’re understandably anxious about anything and everything that could go wrong with your pregnancy.
How does your pregnancy affect something as common as routine dental x-rays?
Dental X-Rays Won’t Harm Your Baby
The radiation in a dental x-ray machine shoots out a straight beam of energy. This energy is absorbed to some degree only by the tissues it’s aimed at. So dental x-rays are the safest ones you could get during pregnancy. They stay focused in a small beam right at your teeth. That radiation won’t go anywhere else.
You’ll be covered up with a lead shield. This blocks scattered radiation from affecting any other part of your body. The apron shield completely covers the baby.
Are X-Rays Really Necessary?
Yes, dental x-rays play an important role in detecting problems and mapping treatment. Getting a few x-rays each year is perfectly normal and sets the standard in dental care.
However, if you don’t have any dental complaints and you have a healthy dental history, you may be able to postpone your routine x-rays during pregnancy. This can give you some peace of mind and keep you comfortable.
If you end up with a large cavity, infected tooth, or raging gum disease during the course of your pregnancy, then treating it is imperative. It’s best to put off unnecessary dental treatment until after the baby arrives. But leaving a serious matter untreated could actually complicate you and/or baby’s health.
So there may come a point at which your dentist strongly recommends a dental x-ray during pregnancy. In that case, don’t worry – the x-ray will do you (and your baby) far more good than harm! Talk to your dentist about your concerns and they will recommend an appropriate course of action.
Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
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