Are Dental Xrays Safe?

How Safe Are Dental Xrays

Here is an article about dental xrays and their safety. It’s fascinating now that research shows these x-rays are actually safe with their very low radiation exposure.  Do you know anybody who had developed cancer because of dental x-rays? I don’t know anyone, but here is a particularly interesting article. Whether the x-rays are for crowns, dental implants, or for your regular check up’s we do our best to be your best dentist in Whittier.

New Study on Dental X-ray Brain Tumor Risk Not Reliable – DR. JERRY GORDON

New Study on Dental X-ray Brain Tumor Risk Not Reliable

Dental xrays in Whittier Square Dentistry

A recent study in the scientific journal Cancer associated an increase risk of the brain tumor Meningioma with an increased frequency of dental x-rays. Meningioma is the most common brain tumor and is usually benign. Even so, this alarming study made national news and will likely cause many people to be needlessly fearful of receiving these x-rays.

Even though it is well known that these x-rays have extremely low radiation, I took the time to read the entire study published in Cancer. What I read shocked me. It wasn’t that there could be a risk of Meningioma from thesel x-rays, but that the study was based on how may x-rays each person remembered they had over the last 50 years! Can you remember how many dental x-rays you received over even the last 5 years? I doubt you can. I doubt I can, and I’m a dentist. I asked several of my patients, including a physician, and not one of my patients could accurately remember the amount of x-rays they had at my office over the last five years. One thing that was consistent was that every patient I asked overestimated the actual amount of x-rays they had received.

Here is the article for you to enjoy:  Dental XRays

 

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