When it comes to dental health, X-rays are an essential part of the process. But how many X-rays are normal? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), a person in good health with a lower risk of dental disease should have dental X-rays taken every 24 to 36 months. This means that the average person should only need one X-ray a year. However, it's best to consult with a general dentist to determine if there are any special circumstances that might require more frequent imaging.
It's important to remember that, as a patient, you have the right to have your X-rays taken anywhere you want, or to have them emailed to your new dentist. At Dental Associates of Basking Ridge, we understand the importance of minimizing radiation exposure and follow all provincial regulations when taking imaging. We also provide a compassionate, friendly and professional environment for our patients in Basking Ridge, Morris and Somerset County. In general, the amount of radiation you receive from dental X-rays is relatively small compared to the radiation you receive from natural background sources.
However, some people may be concerned about the potential link between frequent dental X-rays and certain types of brain cancer. While there is no scientific evidence that supports this claim, it's important to be aware of the risks associated with any medical procedure. It's also important to note that if your dental insurance pays for a certain number of X-rays over a certain period of time, dentists will give you as many X-rays as are allowed and paid for by your insurance. This means that you may end up receiving more X-rays than necessary.
So why do patients need to wear lead aprons and neck collars when having dental X-rays taken? The answer is simple: these protective measures help minimize radiation exposure. In addition, dental X-rays can show areas between teeth and under fillings that can't be seen during a regular examination. Finally, it's important to understand that while dental X-rays are generally considered safe, they do emit a pulse of energy that is equivalent to the amount of daily background radiation exposure in one second. This is why it's important to discuss any concerns you may have with your dentist before having any imaging taken.