Dental X Ray Safety Issues

Technical advances in radiology equipment used for dental X-rays work allow Dentists to get a usable X-ray image while using far less radiation than was previously possible. A common dental x-ray image exposes the average patient to only about 2 or 3 rems. The U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) states that the average American takes in about 360 rems annually from all other sources which includes air travel. The greatest amount of radiation most humans are exposed to comes from space itself, radioactive minerals found in the earth’s crust and the small amounts derived from the food that we consume.

Dental X-rays are not accumulative and they cease to exist when the X-ray machine is turned off, very much like when a light is switched off, it immediately gets dark, and no residual radiation remains. More info: Dental x ray

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