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
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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