Pregnancy is an exciting time but with it comes a lot of questions. Many women paying a visit to their La Costa dental office want to maintain good oral hygiene but are not sure of the best way to do so and still be safe. A common question is, “Are dental X-rays safe while I’m pregnant?”
According to the ADA, the amount of radiation used in a dental X-ray is so low that it is not dangerous to either a pregnant woman or her baby. Additionally, a leaden apron can be placed on patients to further minimize exposure. The apron goes all the way down to cover the stomach, assuring that the baby has extra protection as well.
Although X-rays can be delayed until after pregnancy, this is not typically recommended. X-rays are important in detecting dental problems early before they need invasive treatment. If a problem goes untreated you there is the possibility of a dental emergency during your pregnancy that could require X-rays anyway.
Good oral hygiene is just as important when you are pregnant as it is during the rest of your life. It is important to have an open line of communication with your dentist in Del Mar, including letting her know when you are pregnant. Doing so will allow your dentist to give you appropriate advice.
While you are consulting with your dentist in Encinitas you also can ask about your baby’s oral hygiene and the best way to get your newborn off to the right start when it comes to dental care. Even when your child does not yet have teeth it is still important to properly care for their mouth and gums and your dentist can tell you exactly how to do so during the early stages of development leading up to his or her first trip to the dentist.
If you would like more information on oral hygiene during pregnancy, contact the staff at Solana Family Dental. Our friendly staff will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (858) 345-4497 to make an appointment today.