Dental x-ray is an important diagnostic tool for dentist to detect disease and damage of the teeth and gums that is not visible during examination. It can also reveal the health conditions of developing teeth, the bone surrounding the tooth and the general health of the jawbone.
The frequency of examination taken depends on your present oral health, your age; your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease. The dosage of X-ray radiation received by a dental patient is absolutely safe. The radiation is very low level that the risk of potentially harmful effects is very small. Dental settings represent a minor contribution of radiation compared to hospitals and other medical offices.
Dental Considerations: There are tools and techniques designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation like proper patient positioning and patient shielding. During dental radio-graphic procedures, the patient wears a leaded thyroid collars particularly for children. Also the patient may wear a leaded apron to further reduce exposure to radiation to the lower body especially to pregnant women if dental x-ray is highly required. Also dentists are prepared to discuss with patients the benefits and risks of dental x-ray.
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