For those who are concerned about the use of dental x-rays for preventative and diagnostic measures this post is for you.
To get started, we recommend you read this article posted by the American Dental Association, followed by this article posted by Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.
Now that you have a basic understanding of dental x-rays and the impact it has on your health, we want to share with you the safe x-ray practices at Foster Dental Care. We use a digital x-ray to capture the images of our patient’s mouths. As you read in the ADA article there are many benefits to this type of x-ray:
• Less waste
• Images populate instantly
o This allows the dentist and hygienist detect problems easier and faster.
o Dr. Foster and Dr. Spencer can accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and create a proper treatment plan.
o You can check out your own x-rays on the TV screen in your treatment room.
• Less radiation for the patient
o Radiation reduced 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays!
o Did you know, only 20% of Missouri dentists use this type of dental equipment?
• We are proud to be one of the dental practices that offer this type of dental x-ray.
For those patients who are still uneasy, we have a lead collar/thyroid shield on hand that can be used when taking dental x-rays. This practice is unnecessary as most radiologists are not worried that dental X-rays are a significant cause of thyroid cancer.
We will be happy to address any more questions you have on this topic at your next visit to Foster Dental Care in Blue Springs.