Dentist:  Question:

I visited my dentist for a routine check-up. Two x-rays were taken and I hadn't considered that I may be pregnant (last period 25 days ago & normal cycle length 26 days). How much of a risk do x-rays carry at this stage of a possible pregnancy? Please be honest.

Answer:

It is good that you are alert to this issue. However, the truth is that you have no need to be concerned. Modern dental x ray systems are low dose and are directed specifically to the head and neck region so that the dose to the rest of the body is almost negligible. There is a European Directive on the protection of the public against the effects of ionizing radiation. This directive requires a dentist to justify and record every time a patient is exposed to a dose of radiation. In this respect it is important for a patient to know the specific reason why a particular x ray is being taken and to agree to it. In future you should mention beforehand if you think you may be pregnant.


Dr. Gerard Gavin, Vhi DeCare Dental

Remember your dental health is important for your overall health. Eat a Balanced Healthy Diet, Brush and Floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly.

12th February 2009