The Truth About Dental X-Rays

Of the following, which activities or objects expose you to radiation?

  • Living in a brick house
  • Flying in an airplane
  • Eating
  • Cooking with natural gas
  • Having an x-ray
  • Reading a book for 3 hours a day
  • Living on planet Earth
  • Sleeping next to another person
  • Smoke detectors

Believe it or not, all of the above activities and objects expose you to some level of radiation. Many people, however, believe that x-rays expose you to extremely high levels of radiation and, therefore, many patients hesitate when prompted to have an x-ray at dental appointments.

The truth is that a typical dental x-ray only exposes you to about 2 or 3 mrem (the unit of measurement in which radiation is measured). The typical U.S. citizen is exposed to upwards of 360 rmem annually. Not convinced yet that dental x-rays are safe and worthwhile?

Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans want to change your mind. We use dental x-rays as a tool to provide our patients with the highest quality, most comprehensive care possible. Because x-rays literally give us an inside look at your teeth and gums, they are crucial when it comes to diagnosing serious oral and dental conditions early, which is often necessary for effective and conservative treatment.

We pledge to take every precaution and make you comfortable during your x-rays, but we want to remind you that a dental x-ray won’t harm you. In fact, it’s just one more way to ensure that your mouth- and body- remain healthy for years to come.

To reserve a dental exam and cleaning, call Wager Evans Dental, located in Reno, Nevada, at (775) 800-4845.