Dental X-rays and Brain tumors?

We have had a ferw patients ask us about this new study they have heard or read about that dental x-rays were being blamed on brain tumors .  After reading an article about how these experts are associating these two things it seems to imply that the basis for running this study was flawed. One point the ada dentist’s made was that the experts were asking patients to recall how many times and when they had dental x-rays takenas far back as 30 years. So while this study proved association it really does not prove that it is certainly related.

   My thoughts on this new study is that if we are going back 30 years to try and correlate the two being in relation we must look at the way x-rays have changed from back in the 80’s to now. In our office we use digital x-rays as opposed to the old school method of taking the x-rays and then exposing them in office. Our x-ray machine is proven to give up to 85 % less radiation then the rate of exposing them in office . And the cost of that radiation equals a day in sun in most cases. Not only are they safer but they are more time effective for our patients. The old school method takes up to 10 minutes to develop while our digital x-rays are just as quick as a point and click just like a cell phone or a digital camera. 

 We follow a policy of panoramic x-rays and Full mouth x-rays to be 1 time every 3-5 years . And 4 bite wing x-rays every 6 months. We really believe that the benefit outweighs the risk of the 15 percent radiation you may incur from these x-rays as they tell us important things about the state of your gums and teeth . 

If you have any questions about x-rays feel free to talk to anyone at Advanced Dental. We are here to inform our patients the best we can so that we can provide the best care we can . 

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