Dental cleanings and x-rays are an important part of maintaining good dental hygiene, but is the radiation going to give you or your kids brain cancer?
The American Dental Association’s guidelines for healthy patients recommend that children receive one x-ray every 1-2 years, that adolescents receive one x-ray every 1.5-3 years, and that adults receive one x-ray every 2-3 years. These guidelines are for patients with healthy dental hygiene – if you have dental problems, you may need more than the recommended x-rays. According to the American Dental Association, the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to during an x-ray are very small compared to natural radiation exposure. The bitewing x-ray, for example, has an estimated exposure of 0.038 and the full mouth x-ray has an estimated exposure of 0.150. The average radiation in the U.S. each year from natural sources is 3.000. However, new research has linked dental x-rays to a common form of brain cancer.
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