Dr. Paul Perella, DMD

X-Rays and Brain Tumors: Things You Need to Know

A study came out recently that associates yearly or more frequent dental X-rays to an increased risk of developing meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor. Before you freak out, let's shed some light on the subject.

First and foremost, the study focused on traditional X-ray technology as opposed to digital technology. North Palm Beach Dentistry uses only digital X-ray technology, which produces only 1/4 of the radiation generated by traditional X-rays. In addition, we always use lead aprons and thyroid collars on all of our patients to minimize radiation exposure even more, as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Additionally, the study acknowledges that some of the subjects received dental X-rays decades ago when radiation exposure was greater. Radiation rates were higher in the past due to the use of old X-ray technology and slower speed film. Again, you need not worry about this at our practice.

While we will never force our patients to have any unnecessary X-rays, we do believe that X-rays are a valuable tool in helping to detect and treat oral health problems at an early stage. Many oral diseases can't be detected on the basis of a visual and physical examination alone. Dental X-rays provide valuable information about a patient's oral health such as early-stage cavities, gum diseases, infections, or some types of tumors. The frequency that dental X-rays should be taken depends on the patient's oral health condition, age, risk for disease, and any signs or symptoms of oral disease that the patient might be experiencing.

If you have any concerns regarding our X-rays, Dr. Perella will be more than happy to discuss them with you.

Source: www.dentistryiq.com, American Dental Association