Is it safe to have dental X-rays and dental care when pregnant?
The short answer is… yes!
If you are pregnant, a trip to the dentist should be on your long to-do list! The best time to visit a dentist is during the second trimester (14-20 weeks), when you will be the most comfortable, and your baby’s important fetal organ development is complete.
X-Rays and Pregnancy
First, let’s address the issue of X-rays. Dental X-rays emit extremely low levels of radiation when compared to other types of medical images. However, to protect you from radiation, we will also cover your abdomen and other important areas with leaded aprons. We only take X-rays when absolutely necessary, and take every precaution to minimize your exposure to radiation at every step.
Pregnancy and Dental Treatments
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it is safe to have dental procedures such as fillings and crowns in addition to your regular teeth cleanings. In fact, it is recommended that if you have a problem, you have it treated promptly to prevent serious infections in the body. Any local anesthetic used for dental treatments is totally safe for you and the baby, and will help to keep you comfortable during treatment, avoiding unnecessary stress.
Pregnancy and Your Teeth and Gums
Not only is it safe to visit the dentist when you are pregnant, it is very important! The hormones that accompany pregnancy can bring changes to the mouth, including an increased risk of gingivitis (inflamed gums) and tooth decay. It is critical to get regular care in our office so that we can keep your gums healthy and watch for any potential infections that may need attention.
Always let us know if you think you are pregnant so that we can provide a thorough check of pregnancy-related oral health problems and keep you safe in our office! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024
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