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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.

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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Terri Silverman
Dr. Terri Silverman
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Dr. Mazin Kizy
Newer digital xrays don't use as much radiation
2 doctors agree

In brief: How many were done?

Standard dental x-ray protocal is to always use a lead apron shield to prevent scatter radiation to the fetus the risk would be low , but would increase very slowly depending upon how many x-rays were taken.
Studies are not done on pregnant women.

In brief: How many were done?

Standard dental x-ray protocal is to always use a lead apron shield to prevent scatter radiation to the fetus the risk would be low , but would increase very slowly depending upon how many x-rays were taken.
Studies are not done on pregnant women.
Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Digital dental x-rays reduce radiation exposure by up to 80 percent over standard dental x-rays, which compared to other medical x-rays are extremely low in exposure.
Dr. Media Najafi
Dentistry
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In brief: Don't worry please

If it was a digital x ray chances are very low because it has less radiation than conventional x ray.
It is very understandable to worry but at this point you worrying will also have other negative impacts on you and possibly the baby. Consult your OB and nothing can be done at this point except wait and enjoy your pregnancy. It will be ok. Avoid anymore x rays specially without a shield.

In brief: Don't worry please

If it was a digital x ray chances are very low because it has less radiation than conventional x ray.
It is very understandable to worry but at this point you worrying will also have other negative impacts on you and possibly the baby. Consult your OB and nothing can be done at this point except wait and enjoy your pregnancy. It will be ok. Avoid anymore x rays specially without a shield.
Dr. Media Najafi
Dr. Media Najafi
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Wrong trimester

If x-rays are for routine screening, have them done during 2nd trimester or immediately after baby is born (not months later).
If there is a specific problem, x-rays may be required. In either case your dentist will use lead shielding, collumated x-rays, and minimal dosage. You get more exposure from background radiation in just a few days than from limited dental x-rays.

In brief: Wrong trimester

If x-rays are for routine screening, have them done during 2nd trimester or immediately after baby is born (not months later).
If there is a specific problem, x-rays may be required. In either case your dentist will use lead shielding, collumated x-rays, and minimal dosage. You get more exposure from background radiation in just a few days than from limited dental x-rays.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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