Dental X-Rays: When to Get Them (cont.)
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How Safe Are X-Rays?
Exposure to all sources of
Advances in dentistry over the years have lead to a number of measures that will minimize the risks associated with X-rays. However, even with the advancements in safety, the effects of radiation are added together over a lifetime. So every little bit of radiation you receive from all sources counts.
If you are concerned about radiation exposure due to X-rays, talk to your dentist about how often X-rays are needed and why they are being taken. While some people need X-rays taken more frequently, current guidelines require that X-rays be given only when needed for clinical diagnosis.
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Department of Dentistry.
Last Editorial Review: 7/11/2008
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