Midlothian, IL
A 26-year-old male asked:

Every 6 months i get a dental checkup and he gives oral x-rays. is this bad? i thought x-rays should be uses as little as possible due to cancer risk?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elaine Gantz-Weberman
41 years experience
Diagnostic x-rays: x-rays are used to diagnose problems and may be taken at regular intervals usually at a hygiene visit. The interval is usually based on the history of decay of the individual. There is not a large amount of radiation with a dental x-ray and if they are digitally taken it is minimal.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Dental Radiographs: Not to worry. The dosage is quite small and the benefits are enormous. No one has developed oral cancer from dental radiographs, and the rest of your midsection and reproductive organs are protected by a lead shield from scatter. More full body radiation in an airplane flight... but you don't see anyone curtailing their flights.
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Last updated Dec 10, 2016


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