Occasional dental x-rays are essential in ensuring your teeth and gums are in a healthy state. Dental x-rays allow our specialists to analyze the interior of your teeth and detect any underlying dental problems such as tooth decay, infections, dental injuries, or tumors.
Dental x-ray procedures are safe and you will be exposed to low levels of radiation. However, this procedure is not recommended for pregnant women in order to protect the unborn child. The only exception is when a pregnant woman develops a severe tooth infection. This infection may travel through your blood and get to your baby causing pregnancy complications such as premature delivery or miscarriage.
Safety precautions for dental x-rays during pregnancy
In the event that you develop a severe tooth infection during pregnancy and you cannot avoid a dental x-ray procedure, you will be required to take precautions to safeguard your unborn child. Our practice recommends wearing a lead apron that covers your stomach area and a lead collar to cover your neck region. These protective covers will safeguard you from radiation.
Practicing good dental hygiene habits is essential in reducing the need for dental x-rays while you're pregnant. A healthy dental routine may be achieved by visiting our offices for occasional dental cleanings, brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day.
We also recommend a balanced diet with foods rich in calcium, vitamin C, vitamin D, and potassium. These vitamins and minerals will keep your teeth strong and healthy throughout your pregnancy. Your diet should also have low sugar content to prevent dental caries.
Book an appointment with us for more information and tips on how to maintain strong and healthy teeth during your pregnancy for you and you and your baby.
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