Answer to Question #13391 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Medical and Dental Patient Issues — Dental

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:


Before I knew I was pregnant, I had a full series of digital dental x rays. Does this increase the risk of disease for the baby in the future?


Congratulations on your pregnancy. I want to reassure you that there is no risk to the baby from the dental x rays you had. The dose from modern dental digital x rays is very low, and the baby was not in the images, so the baby would not have received any radiation that is different from the natural background radiation to which we are all exposed to every day. 

Deirdre H. Elder, MS, CHP, CMLSO

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