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First time on this board.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br>
I was hoping to get some input on x-rays.<br>
I see my dentist every 6 months for cleaning.<br>
I have alot of fillings and get cavities quite easily.<br>
I also have TMJ and my jaw is locked in a position about mid opening in a normal mouth opening.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
So my question is should I be getting x-rays everytime, as they have been doing them every 6 months and it seems unsafe to me.. or at least not good. Am I being <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: or is this something I should worry about?
 

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i get tired of them saying how safe xrays are. maybe they aren't extremely harmful, but how could they be completely safe. they begged me to get xrays while i was preggo. they were outdone w/ me cause i refused them. maybe suggest that they only do the xrays once a year or if u are for sure having a problem
 

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my dentist doesn't do x-rays all that often. maybe every 2 years? honestly i just switched dentists but my old one i think he said once every 2 or 3 years unless i felt i had a cavity between my teeth where he can't see them. if my current one wants to do them more often than that i will find a new one
 

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Hi - I have a similar question - I have my 6 month check-up coming up and am in the 2ww and i know they will suggest an x-ray (it will be my second time seeing this dentist and we didn't do x-rays the first visit) and I really don't know if that's harmless or possibly harmful. Any thoughts?<br>
thanks!<br><br>
....congrats on your <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/pos.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="positive"> moonfroggy!
 

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If you are concerned about the radiation exposure dentistry, check out your exposure from an international flight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
And also from background radiation. <a href="http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q4566.html" target="_blank">http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q4566.html</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">To put this into perspective, the <b>average annual effective dose of<br>
ionizing radiation from natural sources</b> in the United States is<br>
approximately 3.00 mSv (<b>3,000 µSv</b>). Reported effective doses for dental<br>
radiography, which take into account the doses to specific organs and<br>
the radiosensitivity of those organs, range from 5-12 µSv for panoramic<br>
radiographs and up to <b>150 µSv for full-mouth intraoral radiographs</b><br><b>using the slowest film</b>. The dose to the brain contributes very little<br>
to the effective dose calculation.</td>
</tr></table></div>
 
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