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Is it Safe to have Dental X-Rays during Pregnancy?

First, it is a good idea to notify your doctor and your dentist after you become pregnant. That way you can work with them to develop a treatment plan that will work for you and your baby.

According to both the American Dental Association and the American Pregnancy Association,  Dental X-rays are safe to have during pregnancy, but there are some things you may want to consider as you are planning your dental care during this time.

The amount of radiation used in a dental X-ray is very low but there’s also an extra layer of protection with a leaded apron. Making the process even safer for everyone who needs to have a dental X-ray. The apron is long enough to cover the abdomen, which means a baby is protected during the X-ray process.

Even though the dental X-ray process is safe to undertake throughout pregnancy, some women make proactive choices to limit their exposure to X-rays and other procedures during this time.

Some women choose to postpone X-rays until after the end of the first trimester. Others postpone routine dental X-rays until after the baby is born, but this is something to be discussed with your dentist since X-rays are critical to detecting dental issues that could become serious if they are not treated.

Should you have any additional questions, just ask. And, as always, be sure to keep your appointment with your friends at Longmeadow Family Dental Care.