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Debunking 3 Myths Surrounding Dental X-Rays

Debunking 3 Myths Surrounding Dental X-Rays | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMJust like with anything that is circulating the internet, there are a variety of myths surrounding dental x-rays that you may fall victim of. To make sure that you remain an informed patient, we have created an article debunking three of these common myths. From dental x-rays causing brain cancer to them being more harmful than good, this article will help you to feel more informed before going into your next dental x-ray. Read on to learn more.

Myth #1: Dental X-rays Cause Brain Cancer

Because dental x-rays are so close to the head, there’s a common myth that they can cause brain cancer or at least increase your risk of developing it. However, because the amount of radiation that is being used in a dental x-ray is so small, it isn’t going to cause any form of cancer— even if it’s exceptionally close to your brain.

Myth #2: You Can’t Get A Dental X-ray While Pregnant

Although many pregnant women choose to forego their bi-annual dental cleanings while pregnant because of an increased blood flow, getting a dental x-ray isn’t going to cause any harm to you or your baby. In fact, the amount of radiation in a dental X-ray is so small; you are probably already exposing yourself to an equal amount just by hanging around your house.

Myth #3: Dental X-rays Cause More Harm Than Good

The term “radiation” gets a bad rap— especially in regards to your oral health. Dental x-rays are an extremely valuable tool that can detect things like tumors, bone loss, abscesses, and more that just can’t be detected by a physical examination alone. In fact, it’s more than fair to say that dental x-rays cause more good than harm.

You can go into your next dental x-ray with relaxation and ease now that we have debunked some of these myths. If you would like to learn more about dental x-rays or schedule your next cleaning or appointment, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office today!


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Dental X-Rays Explained

dental x-rays in Albuquerque NM | Dr. Steven Holbrook Taking care of your teeth by scheduling twice-yearly dental exams is smart. Dental x-rays are an important and valuable part of these exams. They are essentially “pictures” of your teeth, bones, and the soft tissue around them. X-rays use small amounts of radiation but are important because they can detect damage to your teeth and gums that is not visible. They also show the condition of your teeth and roots, and the structure of your facial and jaw bones. X-rays can detect gum disease, cavities, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumors. Additionally, they can show the location of impacted teeth and teeth that have not yet developed.

Do you need x-rays every six months?
Everyone and every mouth is unique – and x-ray schedules are equally unique. If you are a new patient, we typically take full-mouth x-rays to evaluate your oral health and to track it during future visits. If you have changed dentists and recently had x-rays taken, you can ask to have them sent to us so we are up-to-date on your oral health.

What are the different kinds of x-rays?

  • The most common type of x-rays are known as “bitewing” x-rays, which require you to bite down on a piece of plastic with x-ray film in the center. Bitewings can determine the presence of decay between your teeth, the most common area where decay-causing bacteria reside.
  • Periapical x-rays provide an image of your entire tooth, including the roots, to help evaluate your particular tooth’s root structure and bone level, and detect possible cysts and abscesses.
  • Occlusal x-rays show the roof or floor of your mouth. They are used to find teeth that have not yet broken through the gums, jaw fractures, growths or cysts.
  • Panoramic X-rays show a broad view of your jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (TMJ) joints. They don’t find cavities but they do show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, tumors, infections, and fractures.

What about exposure to radiation?
Dr. Holbrook has been trained to prescribe x-rays only when they are appropriate, and to tailor their frequency to your individual needs.

Your dental health is important to us. Call to schedule an appointment, today: (505) 881-1159.

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