Understanding Radiation and Dental X-Rays
While dental X-rays involve radiation, the exposed levels are so low that they’re considered safe for children and adults. Stellar Dental Care uses state-of-the-art digital X-rays instead of developing them on film, your risk from radiation exposure is minimal.
Dental X-Rays… A Diagnostic Tool Dental X-rays are a necessary diagnostic tool used to help your dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. If you are a new patient, the dentist requires X-rays to determine the present status of your oral health and establish a baseline to help identify changes that may occur later. A new set of X-rays may be needed to help your dentist detect any new cavities, determine the status of your gum health or evaluate the growth and development of your teeth. Every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonable Achievable (the ALARA principle) with the use of the state-of-the-art digital nomad and panoramic machines. A leaded apron and thyroid collar are additional tools used to minimize unnecessary exposure minimizes exposure to the abdomen and throat. Are You Pregnant? Make sure to tell your dentist. During your pregnancy, X-rays may be required for certain treatment beyond the gum line. Dental X-rays do not necessarily need to be delayed if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Source: The American Dental Association
How Much Radiation is Used in Dental X-Rays? The dentist will use only enough radiation to see what he or she needs to care for you. We all are exposed to small amounts of radiation daily from the sun, soil, rocks, buildings, air and water. This type of natural radiation is called background radiation. The radiation used in dental x-rays has been compared to the amount of background radiation a person gets naturally on a daily basis.