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Are Dental X-Rays Safe for My Family?

November 19, 2022 10:42 pm | Published by |

A dentist can identify a lot with their specially-trained eye and clinical tools. Oftentimes, they’re able to tell if you have an issue like a cavity or a cracked tooth with a simple visual examination. But there are still many situations when dental X-rays come in handy to see what’s happening below the surface. For example, dental X-rays help dentists check if there is any damage to a tooth root or to the bone, whether a wisdom tooth is coming in correctly, how severe a cavity is in a hard-to-reach area, and more.

Standard of practice is to have updated dental X-rays on file for patients who are new, haven’t had X-rays taken in a while, or who come in with a specific complaint of oral pain. We understand that many patients wonder how safe X-ray technology is, particularly when it comes to pregnancy and children. We hope to ease any concerns you might have with this blog post.

The Overall Safety of Dental X-Rays

Digital dental X-rays are safe when utilized by our trained dental team. There is a very low level of radiation that’s emitted with these kinds of X-rays. We also always enforce safety precautions, like only taking X-ray images when necessary (not every time you visit) and using lead coverings on your body. Your family’s health and safety are our utmost concerns; that extends to whenever we recommend dental X-rays for children and pregnant women. Typically, the benefit of having the images to diagnose disease and other dental issues outweighs the extremely minimal risk of the low amount of radiation exposure contributing to cancer, even for these latter more vulnerable patient groups.

More Questions? We Have Answers!

If you have any more questions or concerns about getting dental X-rays, please contact us at Dental Health Associates in Wolcott, CT. Our team would be happy to discuss the matter further with you so you can feel confident and informed about what is best for your family’s oral health.


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