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If I am pregnant, can I have X-rays at the dentist's office?

Current guidelines say it is more risky for a pregnant woman to postpone dental treatment than to have a dental x-ray. This is because dental disease not treated during pregnancy can lead to problems for you and your fetus.

Tell your dentist if you are or might be pregnant. If an x-ray is needed, the leaded apron and thyroid collar you wear during x-rays will help protect you and your fetus.
You should not have any X-rays done during your first trimester. The only exception would be if you have an acute or serious problem that requires X-rays. In that case, your dentist should take all safety precautions, including using lead aprons and thyroid shields, using modern fast film, and avoiding retakes.

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