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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.