Are Dental X-Rays Safe For You?
We are exposed to radiations in many ways like from sun, appliances or gadgets we use , minerals present in soil and x-rays taken due to either dental or medical problems. These radiations have potential to damage your body’s tissue and cells, which in worst scenario can lead to cancer or other disabilities.
Dentists play an important role in maintaining radiation exposures of patients as low as reasonably achievable.
There are many types of radiographs, you might get exposed to. It can be simple intraoral radiographs (Iopa, Bitewing and Occlusal) or extra oral radiographs (Panoramic, Cephalometric), which are taken frequently or some advanced imaging modalities like CBCT.
So now question comes, is it possible to save yourself from radiation without compromising X ray quality?
And answer is YES
If your dentist is taking an x ray of your relative, leave the room or go behind the protective barrier like lead wall to protect yourself.
If your x ray has to be taken, ask your dentist to provide you with lead apron and thyroid collar to wear to protect your vital organs from radiation.
What to do if you are pregnant, should you get exposed to x rays?
Answer is first 3 months of pregnancy is very critical as the embryo-fetus is most sensitive to radiation at this time and shall be no greater than 0.5 rem (5mSv) for the entire pregnancy.
For safety purpose ask your dentist to provide protective full size lead apron and thyroid collar.
If these precautions are not taken then there is an increased risk of leukemia and other cancers in children.
So pregnant Women must be aware of possible risks so they can take appropriate steps to protect their offspring
But fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking s dental X-rays is extremely small.
Also, advances in dentistry, especially x ray machines and receptor systems over the years have lead to the low radiation exposure.
Some of the improvements are digital X-ray machines that limit the radiation beam to the small area, higher speed X-ray films that require shorter exposure time compared with older film speeds to get the same results, and the use of film holders that keep the film in place in the mouth (which prevents the film from slipping and the need for repeat X-rays and additional radiation exposure). Also, the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protects the body from stray radiation
Dr. Viral Gada
Prosthodontist and Implantologist
Viral’s Dental Avenue
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