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Dental X-rays: Are they safe?

Posted on 8/22/2022 by Kevin Nail, DDS
Dental X-rays: Are they safe?People believe dental X-rays to be highly safe. The leading cause of concern regarding the safety of dental X-rays is radiation exposure. We are pleased to inform you that these treatments emit very little radiation when carried out correctly. Over time, dental X-ray technology has undergone numerous modifications that have significantly increased the procedure's safety. There is very little cause for alarm when these X-rays are carried out correctly and with sufficient safety measures. You receive about the same amount of radiation from a standard test with four bitewing X-rays as you would from a one- to two-hour flight.

X-ray images should be fewer.

At our dental offices, we make an effort to take the fewest possible photos of each patient. By being proactive in attending to our patient's oral health needs, we have been successful in achieving this. We try to take just one dental X-ray image rather than multiple. This drastically lowers the likelihood of exposure to harmful radiation.

Use the equipment's lowest radiation setting.

Utilizing the equipment with the least amount of radiation is an additional step we incorporate during X-ray procedures. Children should pay special attention to this phase as they have dental X-ray procedures more frequently than adults because their mouths continually change.

Utilize Lead Apron Cover

When taking dental X-rays, your dentist should always use a lead shield to protect other portions of your body. Other parts of the body are shielded from the radiation by lead aprons.

This means that taking an X-ray will not expose your interior organs without impacting the outcome. These actions will help lower the dental X-rays' already low radiation levels.

Whatever procedure you have at our office, we want you to be informed about your health. Please feel free to ask our specialists any further questions you may have concerning your dental X-ray exams during your session. Contact us to book an appointment today.


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