Are Dental X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?

woman looks at dental x-rays with the dentist

Dental X-rays are a standard part of preventive dentistry, and you might not think twice about getting updated images taken every couple of years or so. After all, they’re deemed a safe diagnostic tool, and the radiation levels are low enough to not be a concern. But what about if you’re pregnant? It’s a question we’re often asked, and so we decided to tackle it here.

The Risk of Dental X-rays When Pregnant

Generally speaking, the potential risk to your baby if you get dental X-rays is very small. Not only do digital X-rays these days emit significantly less radiation than traditional X-rays, but also, dental X-rays are targeted to areas away from your reproductive organs.

On top of that, there are safety protections in place like lead aprons to reduce the radiation exposure even further. This lead apron protects your abdomen and is safe to wear while pregnant.

Consult Your Dentist

All that being said, it’s always a good idea to tell your dentist if you’re pregnant (or think you might be) so that they can help you determine whether it’s possible or better to wait to have your images taken. In some cases, they may determine that there’s a greater risk to your health to not having the X-ray taken if it means diagnosing a serious condition. In other cases, the most recent X-ray images you have will suffice until you’ve given birth.

Questions? Jones Creek Family Dentistry Has the Answers

If you have any additional questions related to pregnancy and your dental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Jones Creek Family Dentistry. Our Baton Rouge practice is here for all your smile needs with our comprehensive suite of dental services. We also provide kids’ dentistry, so we’d be more than happy to look after your little one’s dental wellness after they make their big entrance to the world!

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