Concerns of too much exposure to radiation are commonly expressed by patients at their preventive checkups. The idea of a camera that can take internal images of your body seems like science fiction, so it’s no wonder that x-rays can be hard to wrap your mind around. However, you may be surprised to find out that our bodies naturally give off a small amount of radiation. Due to this fact, you actually receive as much radiation from sleeping next to someone for a year, as you would from getting dental x-rays on your teeth. Your Moreno Valley dentists at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, will explain why radiation from x-rays is nothing to worry about.
The Importance of Dental X-Rays
The only difference between the light used to take regular photographs, and x-rays, is energy. X-rays have enough energy to go through your body. Internal images of your teeth are immeasurably helpful to your dentist. With x-rays, your dentist can discern the position and development of teeth. Details of teeth, roots, and bone are visible, so that early formation of cavities, or bone density issues from gum disease will be apparent. The integrity of existing fillings will also be examined through dental x-rays. If you are need of a crown, x-rays can help with proper positioning.
Radiation is measured in units called mrem. The National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) says that the average American is exposed to 360 mrem of radiation every year. When you get x-rays at the dentist, usually once a year, the amount of radiation you are exposed to is two to three mrem. For perspective, here are some approximate measurements of radiation levels in background sources you might not ever imagine. Reading a book three hours a day exposes you to one mrem per year. Flying across the country once is the equivalent of five mrem. Do you use natural gas to cook? That will add up to 10 mrem every year. If your domicile is a brick house you can tack another 10 mrem per year to you total.
Preventive Dental Checkups from Moreno Valley Dentists
Concerns about radiation should take the backseat when compared to the importance of preventive dental care. If you are in need of any our comprehensive dentistry services, contact your dentists in Moreno Valley. To schedule an appointment at our 92533 dentist office, contact us at (951) 697-6800.