Dental X-rays and Pregnancy Is it safe to have them when you are pregnant?

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Some women worry about whether it is safe to have a dental x-ray while they are pregnant.

This can cause then to put off treatment they may need.

However, untreated dental infections can pose a risk to the fetus and mother, and dental treatment may be necessary to maintain the health of the mother and child. Sometimes this will mean an x-ray is necessary.

Radiation from dental x-rays is extremely low but every precaution is taken to minimize radiation exposure.

For example, a leaded apron reduces exposure to the abdomen and should be used when a dental x-ray is taken.

In addition, a leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation and should be used whenever possible. The use of the leaded thyroid collar is strongly recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children.

Overall there is no reason to avoid dental x-rays while pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant. While pregnant however you do want to minimize the potential exposure and dental x-rays should be taken only when necessary. Your dental health care team should be following up with your doctors to find out if they have any limitations they want observed while you are pregnant.

Follow the advice of your doctors and dentist and ask questions if you have any concerns.