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Posts for: May, 2012

We are too! That’s why we want you to know the facts about the X-Rays taken in our office. We use digital X-ray to minimize your exposure.

Recently, there have been a number of media reports that have discussed a study that associates frequent dental X-Rays to an increased risk of developing a non-cancerous meningioma brain tumor. Here is some information to help ease any concerns you may have:

  1. The study acknowledges that some of the subjects received dental X-Rays decades ago when radiation exposure was greater because of the use of old X-ray technology and slower speed film. Our office has used (for many years) digital X-Rays that have 90% less radiation than traditional X-Rays. Because of the advent of digital X-Rays and improved speed of X-Ray film, the amount of radiation that dental patients are exposed to today is significantly lower.
  2. Also, the results of this study rely on the individuals' memories of having dental X-Rays taken years earlier, not a review of the patients' dental or medical records. Results of studies that use this type of design method can be unreliable.
  3. Measonably achievable. As dentists, we must balance the small risk of dental X-Rays against the benefits of them. They are valuable because many oral diseases cannot be detected on the basis of a visual and physical examination alone. Such radiographs provide important diagnostic information about a patient's oral health such as early-stage cavities, gum diseases, infections, and even some types of tumors
  4. How often dental X-Rays should be taken depends on the patient's oral health condition, age, risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease that the patient may be experiencing.