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Should I Get Dental X-Rays While I Am Pregnant?

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Dentist evaluating digital xraysWomen who become pregnant are constantly keeping watch over their health because they know their health and that of their baby are tied together. They know there are foods and habits they need to stay away from. However, should you be concerned about getting dental X-rays while you are pregnant? Here is some advice on dental health during pregnancy.

Dental X-Rays

In the past, dental X-rays contained larger amounts of radiation than they do now. You may remember getting X-rays using bitewing technology as a child. However, the X-rays of today contain minuscule amounts of radiation. Many pediatricians, obstetricians, and dentists recommend that it is okay for pregnant women to get X-rays during their pregnancy as long as they have lead shields covering their abdomens.

However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy, you need to check with your obstetrician to make sure that getting X-rays during your dental exam is advisable. That way, you can breathe a little easier. If you are overly stressed about getting X-rays during your pregnancy, you can always wait until your next dental visit, especially if that will lower your stress levels.

Are There Dental Procedures I Should Avoid?

What if you have a cavity during your dental visit or you need a root canal? Any dental procedures that involve sedation should not be attempted during your first two trimesters unless it is an emergency. If you need a cavity filled or you need to have a tooth bonded, these minor procedures that are performed without anesthesia can be done throughout your pregnancy.

You should know that if you have gum disease, you can have your gums cleaned during pregnancy with the permission of your obstetrician. Usually, tooth and gum cleaning benefits the dental health of both you and your baby because dental cleaning lowers the levels of bacteria, which means your chances for inflammation and infection are also lower.

If you are pregnant, you should not neglect your dental health. You may need advice from one of our dentists on dental care for you and your baby. Why not give us a call today and let us make you an appointment?

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