SCOTT M DUBOWSKY DMD FAGD
president, American Friends of DVI
Trustee, Academy of General Dentistry
Michael M. Blicher, D.D.S.
2112 F St., NW Suite 605
Washington, DC 20037
Justin W. Ruffner, DDS
Outer Cape Dental Group
Suggestions for addressing your pregnancy and dental work needs:
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends pregnant women eat a balanced diet, brush their teeth thoroughly with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste twice a day, and floss daily.
Have preventive exams and cleanings during your pregnancy.
Let your dentist know you are pregnant.
Postpone non-emergency dental work until the second trimester or after delivery, if possible.
Elective procedures should be postponed until after the delivery.
Maintain healthy circulation by keeping your legs uncrossed while you sit in the dentist’s chair.
Take a pillow to help keep you and the baby more comfortable.
Bring headphones and some favorite music.
First of all, I don't think there will be any problems with the baby, especially if the x-rays taken were digital which is typically about 80% less radiation than E-speed film x-rays. You said "routine" x-rays were taken. Assuming this involved only 4 BW's, that's even safer than say a full set of 18 or so images. I always compliment my pregnant moms for having their teeth checked and cleaned, so you can rest assured that having your cleaning and effectively reducing your overall level of inflammation will benefit the baby and make up for any negligent amount of radiation exposure. Also, if any dental pathology would have overlooked that can be much worse for the baby...such as an abscess for which you would often need to take Antibiotics etc.
If you are worried about what can be done from here on out, I would consult your OB-GYN, but I think there will not be any issues.
I hope that helps!
In regards to dental treatment, try getting it done in 2nd trimester. That's the safest for dental treatment
Dr. Maxwell Johnson
Hope this helps.
Darryl Burke DDS
but that is done only to avoid any risk whatsoever. However, since they
can be used for emergencies so long as it is not excessive, one or two
radiographs taken are not likely to have any adverse effects.
using digital radiographic images now which have a much much LOWER
radiation. Dental radiographs have very little scatter and are usually
concentrated only in the area of the xray(towards your mouth). It has been
said that you get more radiation walking to your car in the sun then you
would from a digital image.