Dental X-rays

Today, a study was published by the American Cancer association linking dental X-rays with an increased risk of meningioma, a benign Brain Tumor cancer.  This study was based on a cross-sectional study of over 1300 randomized patients.  This data was collected through surveys, and not based on actual dental records.  Without evidence beyond self-reported results, causality cannot be proven.

Dental X rays are only one source of radiation.  Cell phones, radio towers, microwaves, ng many: cell phones, headphones, and the sun, among others.  Atmospheric radiation is around 3.0 MsV.  In contrast, a routine set of dental X rays is around 0.038 MsV.  It is very unlikely that yearly dental xrays would have increased the risk of these tumors, the ADA(American Dental Association) claims.

X rays are necessary to provide quality dental care.  Dental X rays allow us to see the extent of decay, location of roots, bone levels, or tooth infection.  X rays serve to document the state of health in the mouth.

At Summer Hills Dental office in Citrus Heights CA, we take several measures to minimize radiation exposure.  First, we only use digital X-rays, which require far less radiation than traditional X-rays.   Secondly, we use thyroid shields, which protect vulnerable areas around the lymph nodes.  Finally, we only take X-rays when necessary. And we follow most or all of ADA guidelines on xray frequency.

Here at Summer Hills Dental, we are committed to your health.  If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (916) 723-3368, email Info@DentistInCitrusHeightsCA.com  or come on in.

Dr. Gary Clusserath – dentist in Citrus Heights, California; serving the greater Sacramento area.