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Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

MOST OF OUR PATIENTS KNOW THAT a visit to Upper Eastside Orthodontists sometimes involves an x-ray or two. Radiographs are important in helping us assess your needs and in determining an appropriate, customized treatment plan. Unfortunately, there are still some people who are skeptical about x-rays and have questions about their impact on health.

Well we have some good news for those of you with concerns—x-rays pose very little danger to your healthand the amount of radiation you receive during routine x-rays here at our practice is MUCH smaller than the amount you receive daily from natural radiation sources.

Exposure to tiny amounts of radiation is a natural component of life! Each year, the average United States citizen is exposed to about 360 mREM from common things like the earth itself, natural materials, cosmic radiation, and even from other people! In fact, the State Department of Health has set the yearly maximum safe radiation level at 5000 mREM.

Our orthodontic x-rays emit less than .50 mREM per unitwhich means that you’re likely exposed to about twenty times that much each year just from cooking dinner!

X-rays are an important part of orthodontic care, as we use them to diagnose problems that we might not otherwise be able to detect. We promise you’re in the best of hands here at our practice, so don’t let x-ray fears worry you.

If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding radiographs, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We would love to help put your mind at ease.

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