Are dental X-rays safe?


Exposure to high levels of radiation can be dangerous, fortunately due to advances in dentistry, during a routine exam dental X-ray machines emit only about 0.005 mSv, which is equivalent to less than one day of natural background radiation or to a 1 to 2 hour airplane flight. Although modern dental X-ray machines prevent stray radiation, a lead-lined, full-body apron will also be used for added protection.

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