While pregnancy is a very exciting time with lots of new changes to your body and life, it is important that you don’t abandon your dental care routine during this time! It is crucial that you take extra great care of your teeth during this time to avoid things like pregnancy gingivitis. Yep, pregnancy affects all aspects of your body, even your teeth!
In order to take the best care of your teeth possible, it is important to maintain your regular twice-a-year dentist appointments. During these appointments, you might even need to have some updated dental x-rays taken. One of the questions we get most often from our pregnant patients is whether or not dental x-rays are safe during pregnancy.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?
The short answer is yes! The amount of radiation used in dental x-rays is very low and according to both the American Dental Association and the American Pregnancy Association, is not enough to cause any harm to a pregnant woman or her baby. And, your dental hygienist will place a heavy, leaded apron over your abdomen, adding another layer of protection for both you and your baby.
All in all, it is safe during pregnancy, however, it is up to the patient to decide whether or not to have any x-rays performed during this time. Some women elect to limit their exposure to radiation during pregnancy and that is okay! Whereas for other women, peace of mind is found just by simply delaying the x-rays until after the first trimester, the most crucial time for the baby’s development. Just be sure to notify your dentist of your decision as soon as you are pregnant so they know ahead of time and can develop a treatment plan that works for both you and your baby. Sometimes, in the case of dental emergencies, dental x-rays are unavoidable, but your dentist will always discuss the risk with you beforehand.