Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dental X-Rays?

Dental X-Rays and Brain Tumors
Have you heard about limiting exposure to radiation?  It's something we can do to protect ourselves from CANCER.  Then there are those routine dental x-rays. I am normally all for preventative health practices, but this one was always a struggle for me.  Until now!  I was happily surprised to learn that even the American Dental Association does NOT recommend ROUTINE (every 6 months or every year) x-rays.  American Dental Association updated their recommendations on dental x-rays last year (Dec 2012).  Here it is:


The ADA’s "Dental Radiograph Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Radiation Exposure" are intended to be used in conjunction with dentists’ professional judgment to determine whether and when dental X-rays are needed. Dental X-rays help dentists evaluate and diagnose oral diseases and conditions, but the ADA recommends that dentists weigh the benefits of taking dental X-rays against the possible risk of exposing patients to the radiation from X-rays, the effects of which can accumulate from multiple sources over time.
"As doctors of oral health, dentists are in the best position to make decisions on whether to prescribe dental X-rays after an oral examination and with consideration of the patient’s health history. Prescribing dental X-rays should be an individualized process," said ADA President Robert A. Faiella, D.M.D., M.M.Sc. Since 1989, the ADA has recommended the ALARA principle in relation to dental X-rays—that radiation exposure to patients is "as low as reasonably achievable."

Here Dr Greger has a quick and informative video reviewing research on dental x-rays and brain tumors.


So if you pretty much have healthy oral hygiene and healthy teeth, I AND the AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION, recommend you pass on x-rays at your next check up!  SAVE YOUR BRAIN, and you might even save some money! There is a time and place when a dental x-ray may be helpful, so when you need one, be sure that there is a THYROID COVER (like the usual chest cover).

COMMENTS: Do you like to go to the dentist?  We actually don't mind it all in my house!  The kids go to a pediatric dentist, Rebecca Robbins, and everything about the visit is fun, fun, fun!  When we left the house yesterday morning, my son said after I brushed his teeth, "Is Dr Robbins going to be proud?".  The office that takes care of my hubby and I, Klineman Group, is very welcoming, friendly, gentle, and respectful!  We all look forward to our visits.  It probably also helps that we are a cavity-free family :)

2 comments:

Colleen Grossner said...

From a CNN article, here are some guidelines they mention: "According to guidelines written by the American Dental Association and the Food and Drug Administration, dentists should evaluate each patient. Some people with a lot of problems or who are at high risk for cavities may need frequent X-rays.
But for patients who are not having problems, the need is less frequent. The guidelines say children who are not at a high risk for cavities should get X-rays once every one to two years; teens who are not at high risk should get them every year and a half to three years; and adults who aren't at high risk should get them every two to three years." http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/15/health/living-well/dental-x-rays/

dentist Torrance said...

As a person who is generally not a fan of going to the dentist (and not one with perfect teeth), I always feel better about my teeth when I leave from here.

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