Can X-rays in dental offices “harm an unborn child” through radiation?
First, at Twin Dental clinic located in Old Strathcona, Edmonton we use digital imaging to reduce radiation across the board, and even with the older film X-rays the radiation dose to the fetus is insignificant. There is no information to suggest there is any risk to a fetus!
“Is there any residual radiation” in a dental operatory after the X-ray unit is turned off?
The answer is no, it is like a light bulb. Hit the switch and the unit is either on or off with no residual lingering radiation.
“How many X rays are safe to have?”
The answer is that there is no limitation, the decision on taking an X-ray is based on the benefit of knowing whether or not there is a crack, a cavity, or some other abnormality.
“What about the dental hygienist holding the button down” on a panoramic X ray, does this increase the potential radiation?
The truth is that each pan X-ray unit has to make an arc, and the unit has a “dead man’s switch” that requires the switch to be depressed. In no way does this produce any unsafe level of radiation.
“The operator forgot to put the lead apron on me” Is there any potential damage?
The technology available today, there is little or no measurable difference in whole body dose, whether a lead apron is used or not. The lead apron is no longer regarded as essential although some consider it a prudent practice, especially for pregnant and potentially pregnant females.