Dental X-rays are safe to have while pregnant, but there are some other things you may want to consider while you are planning your dental care during your pregnancy. The amount of radiation used in a dental office X-ray is very low, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Pregnancy Association (APA), it is not enough to cause any harm to the pregnant woman or her unborn baby. The dentist or hygienist should also place a heavy apron over you before turning on the X-ray machine. This is a leaded apron that is designed to minimize exposure to radiation during the X-ray even more. The apron should cover the abdomen, which means an unborn baby is protected during the X-ray process. The apron will feel heavy when they put it on, but it is safe to use during pregnancy.


Though the dental X-ray is safe to undergo throughout your pregnancy, some women make choices to limit their exposure during this time. Some women may choose to postpone X-rays until after the end of the first trimester; this is the time that is most crucial for the baby’s development. This is not necessary but may provide peace of mind. Dental care should not stop just because you are pregnant and dental X-rays are no exception.