Posted by: Dealon Dental - A DC Dental Company | March 28, 2012

Dental X-Rays,Radiation and You. Cause for Concern?

Dental X-Rays, Radiation and You. Cause for Concern?

Like it or not, we all get some level of radiation exposure on a daily basis. Exposure to all sources of radiation -including the sun, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays – have the potential to damage our body’s tissues and cells and can lead to the development of cancer in some instances. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of dental X-rays is extremely small.

Advances in dentistry over the years have lead to the low radiation levels emitted by today’s X-rays.  Your dentist now has access to the best available dental supplies to help minimize our exposure. New digital X-ray machines that limit the radiation beam to the small area being X-rayed, higher speed dental X-ray films that require shorter exposure time compared with older film speeds to get the same results, and the use of film holders that keep the film in place in the mouth (preventing the film from slipping and the need for repeated X-rays and additional radiation exposure). Additionally, the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protects the body from stray radiation (though this is virtually nonexistent with the modern dental X-ray machines.) Furthermore, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for accuracy and safety every two years, with some states requiring more frequent checks.
Even with these tremendous advancements in dental supply safety, keep in mind however, that the effects of radiation are cumulative over a lifetime. So every little bit of radiation you receive from all sources counts.

Ask your dentist what measures they are taking to minimize your exposure to unnecessary radiation.


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