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Are Dental X-Rays Safe?


Posted on 11/21/2022 by Watermark Dentistry
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?The main concern behind dental X-rays is radiation exposure. Exposure to high doses of radiation can cause damage to DNA cells and skin burns, which can later cause cancer. The good thing about dental X-rays is that they produce very low levels of radiation.

Due to the advanced technology, dental X-ray equipment has improved, improving safety levels. Apart from the technological advancement of X-ray machines, there are some steps the dentist can implement to enhance safety. They include the below.

Minimize the Number of X-Ray Images


The first safety precaution that dentists focus on is to reduce the number of images for each patient. During this procedure, skills and experience play a huge role. For instance, the dentist needs to put you in the correct position, understand the area that requires an X-ray, and focus the X-ray on a specific part. With this, they will not have to repeat the procedure to get the image right.

Use of Body Coverings


The radiation falling on several parts of the body can cause harm. In this case, the dentist may use body coverings to limit radiation exposure. For instance, the professional may use a lead apron covering to shield some parts of your mouth and body. Besides, the covering materials absorb the X-ray radiation, limiting the amount of radiation in your body.

Use of Lowest Levels of Radiation Settings


As you grow old, your mouth changes. Also, you'll likely experience dental injuries due to high-impact activities. With this, you may require an X-ray performed more often. Several X-rays can lead to high levels of radiation exposure. That's why dentists try using the lowest levels of radiation settings to give desired results. If you have other questions about dental X-rays, our professional will discuss them with you to help you understand better how the X-ray procedure works.
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