The Truth about Dental X-Rays and Radiation

Dental X-Rays | Northwest Arkansas Family Dental

If you’ve been going to the dentist all your life like most people, you have had your share of dental x-rays.

But have you ever had questions about the safety of dental x-rays? Will there be a cumulative effect of dental x-rays over your lifetime? Can they cause cancer? Should pregnant women and children get dental x-rays?

Let’s take a look at these questions so the next time you visit your Fayetteville dentist for dental x-rays, you won’t have to wonder about them anymore.

Should Children and Pregnant Women Get Dental X-rays?

If you are a parent, you want the best for your child—and that usually includes annual x-rays at the dentist. Sometimes kids need even more frequent x-rays because of the changes their mouths undergo in a short amount of time.

Although it is true a child’s body might be more sensitive to the radiation in x-rays, as long as the dentist takes proper precautions such as using the lowest radiation setting possible or taking just one x-ray rather than multiple, the x-rays are safe.

For pregnant women, the safest option is to forego dental x-rays during the gestation period. It is best to simply avoid exposing the fetus to even the tiniest amount of radiation.

During a dental emergency, however, if a pregnant woman needs to get an x-ray, she should not be concerned that there will be any impact on the fetus. Dental x-rays have continued to improve over the years, and the radiation that is given off is very low.

Is There a Lifetime Cumulative Effect of X-rays?

It might surprise most people to know that they are exposed to more radiation from the sun over a 12-month period than they are from an x-ray. So no, there is not a cumulative effect that is dangerous.

Safe Dental X-Rays With Your Fayetteville AR Dentist

Because most people don’t get x-rays more than once a year, the radiation from these is so low that it will not cause any harm to the body

Rest assured that when you receive dental x-rays at your Fayetteville dentist, we take all precautions necessary to ensure your safety. Give us a call if you have any more questions!