And those concerns are understood. After all, however miniscule the exposure may be, x-rays do use radiation. So the question is, “Will dental x-rays have an adverse impact on my health?”
The answer to that is a resounding “No.”
Dental x-rays are safe. Yes, they do entail some very low levels of exposure to radiation. But the low levels make for a very small risk of harmful side effects. What’s more, the tools and techniques used when conducting x-rays (such as use of a leaded apron) further limit the body’s exposure. Family dentists also look to the American Dental Association (ADA), which has established recommendations to help dentists make sure that radiation exposure is as low as reasonably achievable.
Not only are dental x-rays safe, they provide a valuable tool for the family dentist. The family dentist relies on dental x-rays for detecting any issues of concern that may not be readily visible during a regular dental exam. This may include things such as early-stage cavities, infections, gum diseases, and even certain types of tumors.
The frequency by which you receive dental x-rays really depends on several factors. These include your present oral healh, risk for disease, or symptoms of disease. Age is also a factor. For instance, children may require additional x-rays due to the constant development of their teeth and jaws. Plus tooth decay is more common in kids than in adults.
A family dentist will most likely order x-rays for new patients, also, to establish a baseline from which to monitor their oral health. Of course, if x-rays exist from a previous family dentist, it is a good idea to have those x-rays forwarded to your new family dentist.
While dental x-rays are instrumental for detecting oral health problems early on, the ADA’s long-time position is that dentists should order dental x-rays only when necessary for diagnosis and treatment. However, not receiving any dental x-rays whatsoever could adversely affect your oral health.
If you have concerns about dental x-rays, feel free to address any questions you may have to your family dentist. And if you’re looking for a Reynoldsburg Ohio family dentist or live in the Columbus Ohio area, we’d be glad to talk to you about becoming a new patient. Make an appointment for a free consultation today!