Due to the fact that radiation exposure can cause cancer, x-rays are controversial. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seven out of 10 people receive medical or dental x-rays on an annual basis. The use of x-rays is regulated in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the production of x-ray machinery, the National Institute of Standards and Technology sets the standards for the manufacture and use of x-rays, and each state works with the FDA to inspect x-ray machinery before it is approved for use within that state’s borders. Today we discuss the importance of dental x-rays.
Fact #1: X-ray machines emit the same type of radiation as sunlight.
Fact #2: An x-ray is tiny photons that travel through the body and are captured on special film.
Fact #3: According to the National Academy of Sciences, in the majority of cases, the benefits of diagnosis outweigh the possible risks of being exposed to x-rays.
Fact #4: The radiation produced by dental x-rays is minute, especially if your dentist uses digital x-rays.
Fact #5: X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool because they can provide a clear picture of many internal structures that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Fact #6: Dental x-rays are used as a preventative measure to catch problems early before they become painful and costly.
Fact #7: They can detect the earliest stages of tooth decay, periodontal disease, impacted wisdom teeth, diseases of the jawbone, and other potentially serious dental health problems.
Fact #8: Children may require x-rays more often than adults because their jaw is still growing.
Fact #9: Smokers, people with periodontal disease, dry mouth, diabetes, or other chronic oral health conditions may also require x-rays more often.
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Dr. Vi Mai and the caring staff at Mai Dentistry are dedicated to ensuring that our patients are proud of their beautiful, healthy smiles. With years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, we can expertly diagnose and treat early dental trouble to preserve your natural tooth structure. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call us today at (972) 530-0552.