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Do dental x-rays increase chances of getting cancer? how often should one have?

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Minimal: The radiation dosage in dental xrays is minimal. There are no rules as to when xrays should be taken. Your dentist will evaluate your susceptibility to cavities and your gum health. A general guideline however is bite wind xrays no more often than once a year and a full mouth series of xrays or a panoramic x ray every 5 years. However you may need other x rays if there is a problem.

Answered 5/21/2015

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Dr. Bruce Terry answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Not really: Most scientific evidence these days show that the benefits of dental xrays far outway the risks. Yes, it's radiation, but with new film and digital xrays the exposure is very, very small compared to 20 years ago. I have many patients that have advance decay because they didn't have a timely dental xray. So, you must way the small risk vs. The benefit.

Answered 4/3/2017

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