Dental X-Rays: Are They Safe?

Dental x-rays allow your dentist to see any diseases or issues with your teeth and gums that are not always visible to the naked eye. By discovering and treating these issues at an early stage, you can end up saving on unnecessary discomfort, money and time. Some of these conditions include:

  • teeth decay beneath fillings or between teeth.
  • periodontal disease or infections in the bone.
  • cysts and abscesses.
  • developmental abnormalities.
  • certain tumors.

The American and Canadian Dental Associations suggest that your oral health determines how often your dentist should take dental x-rays. Your dental health depends on your age, risk of disease, your current oral health and whether you have any symptoms or signs of oral disease.

Children often require x-rays more often than adults, because their jaws and teeth are still developing, and they are more prone to tooth decay.

Patients who visit Holland Landing Dental often ask about the safety of dental x-rays and we assure them that it has very low radiation exposure levels. Therefore, the risk of harmful effects is very small.

How Holland Landing Dental Protects Patients During Dental X-Rays

Here at Holland Landing Dental, we follow the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle when we take dental x-rays, and the Canadian Dental Association’s recommendations for patient and operator safety.

We encourage our patients to wear protective aprons as well as thyroid covers during dental x-rays. Additionally, we use the quickest method possible to reduce the time of exposure.

Additionally, we have an open policy, whereby we only take dental x-rays when it is really necessary. We kindly request that clients inform us right at the beginning of the appointment if they are pregnant, in which case we may delay parts of the treatment. However, you don’t have to delay x-rays if you’re planning to become pregnant, or if you’re breastfeeding.

Your wellbeing is our concern and we will happily discuss your preferences when it comes to obtaining dental x-rays in the safest way possible.