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Doctor insights on: What Does Dental X Rays Do To Your Baby If Pregnant

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can i wear my dental films while getting a chiropractic X-ray i'm getting care from both a chiropractor and a dentist. Everyone wants to xray me all the time! can I wear the old fashioned dental xray films while the chiro images my head and neck region?

Can i wear my dental films while getting a chiropractic X-ray i'm getting care from both a chiropractor and a dentist.  Everyone wants to xray me all the time!  can I wear the old fashioned dental xray films while the chiro images my head and neck region?

It's : It's great that you are aware of these things and of the potential cumulative radiation exposure. Unfortunately that wont work technically. Dental xrays use a lower dose compared to a spine or skull xray. The beam is focused on that small film they put in your mouth. The beam for a cervical spine of skull xray is larger in size and positioned to give certain, standard views which are different than the dental views. If the dental films were in your mouth at the time of exposure during a cervical spine film my guess is that they would be overexposed and/or blurry. Fortunately both exams are low dose in the spectrum of all radiology exams performed so undergoing them separately does not add much dose to your cumulative exposure. However, I do encourage you to speak to your doctor(s) about the necessity of the repeated xrays. ...Read more

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Whould dental xray affect me as I am pregnant of 5 weeks and i was in the same room when my husband exposed to that xray iam still worried?

Whould dental xray affect me as I am pregnant of 5 weeks and i was in the same room when my husband exposed to that xray iam still worried?

Unless you were very: Close to your husband and the x-ray machine i doubt there is a serious need for any concern. Dental x-rays are very collumated and scatter radiation at a distance of 10 feet or so is usually minimal. I understand your concern, but at 5 weeks lets be positive that you had minimal, if any, x-ray exposure to harm your baby. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I'm 2 months pregnant w/twins. I've been having really bad dental probs. I've been to the dentist and they won't do anything until i've had the babies. Are there any home remedies?

I'm 2 months pregnant w/twins. I've been having really bad dental probs. I've been to the dentist and they won't do anything until i've had the babies. Are there any home remedies?

WARM SALT WATER RINS: You would be amazed what warm salt water rinses will do for many oral issues, especially while pregnant. Be very careful what type of treatments you do while pregnant, some dentists will not even touch you with a ten foot pole knowing that you are prgenant. Be patient and brush and floss. ...Read more

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If a mother took tetracycline during pregnancy, would the infant's baby teeth come out stained - or would they emerge white and stain over time?

If a mother took tetracycline during pregnancy, would the infant's baby teeth come out stained - or would they emerge white and stain over time?

Come out: The stain would be on the teeth as they emerge. It could be just on the primary teeth or also on the permanent teeth depending on what was forming while the tetracycline was taken. ...Read more

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I heard that getting a dental X-ray without a shield during thefirst 8 weeks of pregnancy can cause organ problems to the baby. Is it true? I am worried about mine.

I heard that getting a dental X-ray without a shield during thefirst 8 weeks of pregnancy can cause organ problems to the baby. Is it true? I am worried about mine.

Be Careful: It is always wise to shield vital organs whenever you are having dental xrays taken. When you are pregnant it is advisable to double shield your abdonem. That means placing one shield from neck to knees and another shield across your abdomen. The risk is small, but it is not worth taking a chance of having the radiation causing changes in any rapidly growing cells (the fetus). ...Read more

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Can dental x-rays without precaution cause chromosome deletion to the baby?

Can dental x-rays without precaution cause chromosome deletion to the baby?

Not likely: The modern dental x-ray dose is very low. The x-ray beam is also columated so the beam is very small. Virtually no scatter exists. Also, the dentist generally shields your body with a lead apron. The beam is pointed at the patients tooth, not their abdomen. X-rays are much safer than dr oz will have you believe. ...Read more

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I'm 3 weeks pregnant. I'm in dental school. I have been taking x-rays this past month. I didn't know i was pregnant. Do you think it affected the baby?

Probably not: If proper x-ray technique was followed, all the things you were taught in radiology, both you and the baby should be just fine. Congratulations! and if it's a boy, "arnold" is a great name. ...Read more

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Are dental x-rays taken on a baby's first visit to the dentist? My daughter's scheduled for her first visit to the dentist soon, and just has a few teeth. I'm a bit worried that dental x-rays could be harmful to her, so i'd like to know if they will be us

Are dental x-rays taken on a baby's first visit to the dentist? My daughter's scheduled for her first visit to the dentist soon, and just has a few teeth. I'm a bit worried that dental x-rays could be harmful to her, so i'd like to know if they will be us

It : It all depends on the age of your child. Typically it recommended that a parent take their child to the pediatric dentist at the age of one ("first tooth or first birthday"). This initial visit is usually a show and tell for the child and educational for the parent. The parent(s) are instructed in the do and don'ts of dental health and this can be invaluable in preventing avoidable dental problems in the future. Dental radiographs may be taken when more primary (baby) teeth are present in order to check for decay in between the teeth (i.e., areas dentists can't visualize). The xrays can also be very important to determine if the teeth are developing properly and to rule out cysts and supernumerary (extra) teeth. If they are recommended be assured that the dentist will use a protective shield and dental xray equipment that minimizes the exposure. ...Read more

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