Debunking Common Myths About Dental X-Rays

In this article, we’ll address and debunk some of the most common myths about dental X-rays to help you understand their safety and importance in maintaining oral health.

Myth 1: Dental X-rays are unnecessary and don’t provide valuable information.

Debunked: Dental X-rays are an essential tool for dentists. They allow us to see what is happening between your teeth and underneath the gums which is critical for diagnosing problems that are not visible during a visual examination. Issues such as decay between teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumours, and impacted teeth can only be detected with the help of X-rays, making them indispensable for a comprehensive dental assessment.

Myth 2: Dental X-rays expose you to dangerous levels of radiation.

Debunked: While it’s true that dental X-rays involve exposure to radiation, the levels are extremely low. Modern dental X-ray machines limit the beam to a small area and employ high-speed film or digital sensors, which significantly reduce the radiation dose. The amount of radiation from a set of dental X-rays is similar to what a person would experience during a short airplane flight from Singapore to Malaysia.

Myth 3: Pregnant women cannot have dental X-rays.

Debunked: No single diagnostic X-ray has a radiation dose significant enough to cause adverse effects in a developing embryo or fetus. However, always inform your dentist if you are pregnant or suspect you might be as additional precautions like a lead apron can be placed on you to protect your little one.

Myth 4: Children should not have dental X-rays due to radiation sensitivity.

Debunked: Dental X-rays in children are important for monitoring the growth of their jaws and teeth, ensuring that everything is developing normally and that there are no hidden problems especially because children’s teeth are more prone to decay.

Myth 5: If you’re not experiencing any dental issues, you don’t need X-rays.

Debunked: Many dental problems can develop silently and do not cause symptoms until they are advanced. Regular dental X-rays can help catch these issues early, when they are easier and less expensive to treat. The frequency of necessary dental X-rays varies depending on an individual’s oral health status, age, risk for disease, and symptoms.

In conclusion, dental X-rays are a safe and vital part of dental care. They provide invaluable information that cannot be obtained through a visual examination alone.

Source : Dr Kyle Lye