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It's best to avoid x-rays while pregnant. I just recently scheduled a dentist appointment too, for the 20th. It's been years since I've been so I am long over due! I'm hoping to get lucky, but scared I might have cavities Just because I cannot even remember the last time I got my teeth cleaned by a dentist. *crosses fingers*
I went to the dentist at 14 weeks and they did do x-rays. The lead apron is ok. Its more your choice if you want it. the radiation they use is a small amount. its ok for the x-ray in the 2nd trimester never in the first. My doctor told me that. She has turned out fine so far.
From what I read if you can wait on x-rays until after the pregnancy then it would be best. The place I'm going to today has digital x-rays and I think that has lower radiation. I bet a lot of places have that now.
I haven't been to the dentist in ages to tell you the truth.. I did however have an xray on my leg before I knew I was pregnant which I feel awful about but baby is fine thus far. Also at 3 months pregnant with Jeffrey my Oncologist sent me for a CT Scan and I asked my OB about it (I get them every 6 months to make sure everything is still all clear) and she said it was better to get them to make sure I'm healthy cause that will affect the baby if I'm not.. I forgot exactly how she put it.. but they put shields over me and ran a test to see exactly how much radiation got to the baby and said they would let me know but never did so I'm guessing it wasn't much... this pregnancy however I've skipped out on the CT Scan simply because I need to find a new Oncologist due to personal issues I'm having with mine so I haven't even been in to see him.