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please tell me, are large amounts of dental xrays safe?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Define Large: What may be large to you is tiny to someone else. Dental radiographs are of the diagnostic dosage, and are focused only towards your mouth (lead shield for the rest of your body). A full mouth series (18 films) every few years and bitewings every year will do you no harm. Although you may decline films, you then assume all risks and responsibility for undiagnosed disease and other problems.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Normally yes: If lead aprons are used over thyroid of neck and wrapped around you, and normally not more than possibly 21 films and a panoramic- then should be safe. Many dental offices also have to have a certification from their state that the machines are in proper working order.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Standard of care: Before any dental procedure, your dentist will take x-rays to evaluate your oral health. Dental x-rays are part of dental treatment because they can detect damage to teeth and gums and surrounding tissue. The digital x-rays are very safe and digital X-rays mean less exposure to radiation.

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If the dentist offers dental xrays every 6 months, is that too often?

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A 44-year-old member asked:

I was wondering is it necessary for a dentist to give a patient dental xrays once a year?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Many factors: There are many factors that play into the decision to take radiographs. The patient's age and their dental history/health is another. A patient who is 60 Y.O., has excellent oral hygiene and very few restorations may not need xrays as frequently as a 30 Y.O. With gum problems and poor oral hygiene. The radiographs allow the dentist to view areas that otherwise cannot be visualized.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, are dental xrays hazardous to my health?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Low Dosage: Dental radiographs use a very low dosage for exposure, a diagnostic dose, not an occupational hazard dose. The radiation is directed towards your mouth, and scatter is minimized via a lead apron. A full mouth series or panorex once every three years and bitewing films every year will be enough to diagnose any problems without causing health issues.

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