Pregnancy can be quite exhilarating. However, the hormonal changes during this phase can also initiate dental problems which will require frequent visits to the dentist.
During a routine checkup, X-rays are sometimes recommended to identify underlying health conditions. However, when it comes to pregnancy, some women can feel apprehensive about dental X-rays.
In this article, our team of dentists at Dental Specialists of North Florida in Saint Augustine and Palm Coast, Florida, shares important information about getting X-rays during pregnancy.
According to the CDC, almost 60-75% of pregnant women have gingivitis and other oral health issues. This can be a serious concern as mothers with untreated cavities and gum disease are more likely to pass on dental issues to their children.
Dental X-rays give your dentist a snapshot of your oral health. They can easily show signs of decay between the teeth, bone loss, and periodontal disease. They are also effective in identifying cysts or tumors.
Imaging in dentistry has changed how dentists respond to oral problems. As an effective diagnostic tool, X-rays make diagnosing dental problems easier and more accurate.
With advancements in imaging technology, digital X-rays have come to replace traditional radiographs with electronic sensors that control X-ray radiation. These sensors penetrate oral structures and, within seconds, a high-quality image is transmitted to the computer.
The image can be digitally enhanced and resized and it allows your dentist to view the tiniest portions of your oral structures.
The possibility of a dental X-ray causing harm to you or your unborn child is negligible as the radiation emitted is low and, unlike other X-rays, dental X-rays do not expose your abdomen to radiation.
If you are pregnant, make sure to inform your dentist about it. For additional safety from scatter radiation, your dentist will place a shield-like lead apron on you before turning on the X-ray machine. This apron is long enough to cover your abdomen.
A preventive approach is always better for oral health care. So, ensure good oral hygiene, manage your nutritional deficiencies, and schedule regular dental checkups before your pregnancy to keep you and your baby healthy.
To learn more about the safety of dental X-rays during pregnancy, call (904) 794-1000 or (386) 986-1000. You can also visit Dental Specialists of North Florida at 10 Saint Johns Medical Park Drive, Suite C, Saint Augustine, FL 32086, and 3 Cypress Branch Way # 107, Palm Coast, FL 32164.