Debunking Rumors: Are Dental X-Rays Safe or Are They are Serious Danger?
There is a lot of distrust in the world when it comes to dental x-rays, and we understand why. However, the truth is that not only are dental x-rays safe, but they can help us uncover some potentially dangerous diseases you might be experiencing. Keep reading to get the facts about this diagnostic tool, and then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 if you would like to book a dental appointment at your convenience.
The Reality of X-Ray Radiation
The reason people often feel nervous about x-rays is that they do utilize radiation. It is understandable that people would immediately assume that radiation is dangerous. It is true that radiation from a nuclear situation would kill you, but the radiation that is used in x-rays is of such an extremely low amount that it will not hurt you unless you get x-rays on a daily basis for many, many years.
What Studies Will Show You
You do not have to simply take our word for it. A recent study published showed that today’s dental x-rays are basically harmless. Unfortunately, when x-rays were first used many decades ago, they were much stronger than necessary, and precautions were not taken to protect patients. This is no longer true, and you can trust that today’s x-rays are very safe.
Safety Requirements for Dental X-Rays
So much is now known about dental x-rays that every state has laws governing how this technology can be used most effectively while maintaining the safety of patients. Additionally, the American Dental Association has worked with the Food and Drug Administration to create specific requirements and recommendations for patients who will be x-rayed.
At California Dental Group, we meet or exceed every one of these requirements and recommendations.
What X-Rays Can Show Us
In addition to being safe, dental x-rays are very helpful in diagnosing dental issues. When we complete a full set of x-rays, we can see if you have an abscess or cyst, if you have bone loss, if you have a tumor (whether cancerous or non-cancerous), issues below your gum line, issues within your teeth, developmental issues, poor tooth, and root positions, and decay that exists between your teeth.
Remember that the best chance for quickly and easily dealing with dental issues is early detection. As a result, x-rays are an essential part of getting clean, healthy teeth and gums and keeping them that way. If you have questions, or you are ready to make an appointment with a dentist, contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161.