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Why do dentists take so many x-rays?

X-rays help us to get a clear picture of what’s going on in your mouth in the places we can’t see, such as beneath your enamel, under your gumline or in the bone. These are the places where early signs of decay and gum disease first show up, and spotting them early helps us to create a treatment plan now to prevent further complications down the road. X-rays of the jaw bone and joint can also help us set a baseline and evaluate changes that could be benign or harmful tumors.

At Apollonia Dental, your safety is important to us, and that’s why we have made the switch to digital x-rays. These x-rays not only provide us with better images for improved diagnostics, but they also use up to 90% less radiation than film x-rays. The following is an except from an article about dental x-rays:

"A typical dental x-ray exposes you to only about 0.5 to 3 mrem. The average person gets approximately 360 mrem every year from outside, background sources alone. These outside sources include but are not limited to radioactive materials in foods, on earth and in outer space. The maximum on the job yearly exposure for Canadian and American radiation workers has been set at 5,000 millirems. Low doses over a period of time are not as harmful as large doses at once because over time the body can recover.

Examples of everyday radiation that you may not realize you are exposed to include living in a brick house (about 10 mrem per year), cooking with natural gas (about 10 mrem per year), and sleeping next to someone else (about 2 mrem per year). All of us have small amounts of naturally occuring radioactive materials in our bodies. You can even get the equivalent radiation of two dental radiographs just from a short plane ride like from Windsor to Toronto and an entire day in the sun is comparable with twenty dental x-rays. "

This above segment is a partial reprint from The Windsor Star newspaper "Ask the Dentist" column.

For more information on x-rays, please ask our team members for more information at your next visit. 

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