Dental X-Rays: When to Get Them (cont.)
In this Article
- What types of problems can dental X-rays detect?
- How often should teeth be X-rayed?
- How safe are dental X-rays?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
How Safe Are X-Rays?
Exposure to all sources of
Advances in dentistry over the years have lead to a number of measures that will minimize the risks associated with X-rays. However, even with the advancements in safety, the effects of radiation are added together over a lifetime. So every little bit of radiation you receive from all sources counts.
If you are concerned about radiation exposure due to X-rays, talk to your dentist about how often X-rays are needed and why they are being taken. While some people need X-rays taken more frequently, current guidelines require that X-rays be given only when needed for clinical diagnosis.
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Department of Dentistry.
Reviewed by Jay H. Rosoff, DDS, on March 1, 2007
Edited by Charlotte E. Grayson Mathis, MD, on May 1, 2005
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Last Editorial Review: 7/11/2008
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