WooKwon Park, DDS
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Are X-rays safe while pregnant?

March 2, 2016
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Posted By: WooKwon Park DDS

For all the expecting moms. Yes they are safe!

Soon-to-be moms have every reason to be nervous about dental x-rays. First, we recommend your dental appointment during your second trimester. It's the safest time during pregnancy for any dental work. Most diagnostic dental x-rays don’t overexpose the fetus to radiation. The dangerous range for a fetus — meaning where you risk mental retardation and eye abnormalities — is 10 rads (rads are the unit of measurement for absorbed radiation). But it’s rare for a single or a group of diagnostic x-rays to be more than 5 rads. 800 millirads for a computerized tomographic (CT) scan. For example, the amount of radiation that a baby gets from a mother's dental X-ray is only 0.01 millirad. Since a rad is equal to 1,000 millirads, one would have to have 100,000 dental X-rays for the baby to receive just one rad. . During the course of an average pregnancy, a mother and her fetus are exposed to 90 to 100 millirads just from natural radiation from sources like the sun. 

We will place a proper shield to protect your thyroid and fetus from x-rays as well.

Let us know if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant. We will take all the precaution and only take what's necessary for accurate diagnosis of your oral health!

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