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Do dental x-rays cause mouth cancer?

16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

While there may be a theoretical increase in risk, the radiation used in usual dental x-rays is not likely to increase the risk of oral cancer.

In brief: Unlikely

While there may be a theoretical increase in risk, the radiation used in usual dental x-rays is not likely to increase the risk of oral cancer.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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5 doctors agree

In brief: No

Radiation exposure is a cumulative effect on a human body.
Dental radiographs use low doses of radiation to allow the dentist to see in between the teeth and diagnose otherwise undetectable decay. If proper precautions are followed, radiation exposure from dental radiographs is not a source of mutation in mouth cancers.

In brief: No

Radiation exposure is a cumulative effect on a human body.
Dental radiographs use low doses of radiation to allow the dentist to see in between the teeth and diagnose otherwise undetectable decay. If proper precautions are followed, radiation exposure from dental radiographs is not a source of mutation in mouth cancers.
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dr. Willis Hardesty
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Dr. Robert Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dose too Low

The X-ray exposure from a dental film is about what you get from the sun in an hour at the beach.
Mouth cancer is usually caused by excessive smoking, drinking chewing tobacco or other long term abuse of your mouth. Rarely from other causes but never from dental X-rays.

In brief: Dose too Low

The X-ray exposure from a dental film is about what you get from the sun in an hour at the beach.
Mouth cancer is usually caused by excessive smoking, drinking chewing tobacco or other long term abuse of your mouth. Rarely from other causes but never from dental X-rays.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Dr. Robert Douglas
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

No evidence.
Radiation effects are cumulative. Have dental xrays that are necessary. Avoid those that are not necessary.

In brief: No

No evidence.
Radiation effects are cumulative. Have dental xrays that are necessary. Avoid those that are not necessary.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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