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Are Dental X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life because being a mom is the greatest feeling in the world. However, it’s important that expectant moms take extra care of their teeth in order to avoid pregnancy gingivitis. If you’re one of those mom’s who sticks to their regular dental visits, good for you!

Chances are you will need to have a dental X-ray at some point during your pregnancy. The biggest question one asks is: are dental X-rays safe during pregnancy?

Dental X-Rays and Pregnancy

According to the American Dental Association and the American Pregnancy Association, the amount of radiation used in a dental X-ray is very low. The good news is that the radiation will NOT harm you or the baby.

Beyond that, there’s an extra layer of protection used to make the process even safer. If you’ve had a dental X-ray in the past, you’ve probably had the heavy apron over you. This lead apron is specifically designed to minimize exposure to radiation.

The apron is long enough to cover your abdomen, which means the baby is protected. Even though the apron is heavy on your body and belly, it’s perfectly safe!

Make the Right Choices

Notify your dentist as soon as possible after you become pregnant. That way, you can work with your dentist to develop a treatment plan for you and the baby.

Some women choose to postpone their X-rays until after the end of their first trimester. Routine dental X-rays can be postponed until after the baby’s born, but your dentist won’t recommend that. The last thing you want is to have a dental emergency while taking care of a newborn.

Talk to Your Dentist

Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy works with expectant mothers all the time. Let’s help you develop treatment plans that meet your dental needs, while also looking out for the baby. Dental care shouldn’t stop when you’re pregnant. If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Nick at 813.445.7162.

Happy Mother’s Day from Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy! We hope you had a great day with all of your loved ones.

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