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Dental X-Rays and Exposure to Radiation: What you should know before saying no

Jan 13 • 1 minute read

Why do I need dental x-rays?

A lot of patients are concerned about the radiation exposure when receiving a dental x-ray. Some even refuse the x-rays all together. It is important to let your dentist take checkup x-rays regularly. They show the dentist what the bone, teeth, and supporting tissues look like. Oral health issues, infections, or cavities can also be detected. Refusal of radio graphs for prolonged periods can result in infection and diseases going unnoticed. An office that doesn’t offer or highly recommend radio graphs as part of your regular hygiene care is not providing the standard of care you deserve. 

Exposure to Radiation, what you should know

Everyone is exposed to radiation every day. Whether you are inside or outside you are being exposed to background radiation. Cooking with natural gas, going outside in the sun, flying in an airplane, household appliances, and computer screens, all expose you to several times the amount you would get during a typical x-ray session. It would take 950 dental x-rays to expose you to the same amount of radiation you get on a daily basis.

X-rays from dentistry is a very small percentage of our overall radiation exposure. At Marysville Dental Care we hold a high standard of care. We provide the latest in digital x-ray technology and trained team members, to reduce radiation exposure.


 *measured in microsieverts (msv) the measure of the absorption of radiation by the human body*

Sources:

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