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The Amount of Radiation in a Dental X-Ray

Posted Oct 26 2011 3:24pm

Do you cringe at the thought of an x-ray? Do you protest when your dentist calls for one at your routine dental exams ?

If so, you’re missing out on an opportunity for your dentist to check the health of your teeth and gums, and it’s probably because you’re afraid to be “unnecessarily” exposed to radiation.

Well, think again. A dental x-ray only exposes you to 2-3 mrem of radiation. On a yearly basis, your body absorbs upwards of 360 mrem of radiation from a variety of sources, including living in a brick house, flying in an airplane, smoke detectors, cooking with natural gas, eating, walking around, and sleeping next to another person. As you can see, a dental x-ray constitutes a tiny fraction of your yearly radiation absorption, so what’s holding you back from a dental x-ray now?

Dr. Randy LaFrom , a dentist in Cupertino, California, uses DIGITAL dental x-rays to get an inside look at what’s going on inside his patients’ mouths. Using the images taken by dental x-rays, Dr. LaFrom can help you maintain high quality oral health by catching potential problems in your teeth and gums early. (This lowers your exposure to radiation by as much as 90%, while offering excellent clarity.)  Early detection is key to treating a number of oral and dental health conditions, and a dental x-ray is just one more way Dr. LaFrom works to protect your mouth and overall health.

We have found numerous occasions where an x-ray has shown issues occuring under the gums or in the bone which are not seen simply by visual exam. Regular high-quality x-rays when taken when indicated, can help save your teeth and save your life.

For more information about dental x-rays and dental health in general, call LaFrom Dentistry at (408) 996-8595 to reserve an appointment with Dr. LaFrom.


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