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Can dental x-rays cause brain cancer?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Absolutely not. Your brain would receive more x-radiation from background radiation spending a day in the mountains skiing or two days on the beach.
Know also that dental x-rays are columnated, exposing only those tissues that require diagnostic imaging, with exceptionally low scatter. Please allow the Dentist to gather the required Diagnostic Imaging to help you maintain optimal health.

In brief: No

Absolutely not. Your brain would receive more x-radiation from background radiation spending a day in the mountains skiing or two days on the beach.
Know also that dental x-rays are columnated, exposing only those tissues that require diagnostic imaging, with exceptionally low scatter. Please allow the Dentist to gather the required Diagnostic Imaging to help you maintain optimal health.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Don't forget commercial flights at 32,000 feet. LA------->NYC worth about 3 Chest XRays.
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

The scattered x ray dose to the brain from dental xray is so low that there is no proven or published data to show it can cause brain cancer.

In brief: No

The scattered x ray dose to the brain from dental xray is so low that there is no proven or published data to show it can cause brain cancer.
Dr. Gene Wong
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unlikely

Dental x-rays usually radiate limited area of the mouth and are not likely to irradiate the brain and are unlikely to cause brain cancer.

In brief: Unlikely

Dental x-rays usually radiate limited area of the mouth and are not likely to irradiate the brain and are unlikely to cause brain cancer.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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