Everyone knows that exposure to radiation carries some risks, depending on how much radiation one is exposed to. But is the risk something we should worry about, particularly dental x-rays? In this report, Dr. Dale Miles explains that the risks are minimal, especially compared to other common human activities.
Dr. Miles has a website, Learn Digital, that provides much helpful information about dental radiation imaging. Among the information pieces provided by the website is “One in a Million.” The document lists a series of activities that carry a one in a million risk of death for someone who participates in that activity.
The list compares the risk of dying from a full mouth series of dental x-rays (20 images) with such things as smoking 1.4 cigarettes and developing lung cancer; eating 40 tablespoons of peanut butter or drinking 30 cans of diet soda and dying because of the carcinogens involved in these food items. Similar activities include driving 40 miles in a car or flying 2,500 miles in a plane and dying in an accident.
The point, says Dr. Miles, is that the risk involved in dental x-rays is so low as to be of no concern. People who are really concerned about x-ray risk should discuss the subject with their dentists.
Dr. Dale A. Miles, D.D.S., M.S., F.R., is an Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist in Fountain Hills, Arizona and president of EasyRiter, LLC. Formerly, he was a professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). Dentist News Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.