Dr Oz did a segment called “Oz Alert: Dangerous Radiation: Are You At Risk?" where he discussed a topic that all of us are wondering about – how much is too much radiation whether it comes from Airport Scanners, Dental X-Rays or CT Scans. Doctor Oz asked the question about whether or not Dental X-Rays are too much radiation.
Dr Oz: Dental Radiation & Thyroid Cancer
Dr Oz has previously spoken about the risks of Dental X-Rays with respect to getting Thyroid Cancer. You can read the Dr Oz Recap for that segment by clicking here: Dr Oz Thyroid Cancer. Dr Oz was joined by Ada Cooper who said that in dentistry you cannot see everything by visual inspection alone. The only way to treat and detect an abscess, tumor or some cavities are by taking x-rays. The ADA recommends Dental X-Rays only when necessary for treatment, but that varies from patient to patient. Every patient should feel comfortable talking to their dentist about it.
Dr Oz: Digital X-Rays Have Less Radiation
Dr Oz said that he would recommend pushing for a Digital X-Ray over a regular film X-Ray because it tends to expose you to less radiation. Ada Cooper did not deny this fact when Dr Oz said it, but she did say that some film X-Rays have lower radiation levels than other Film X-Rays because they are faster, such as X-Rays that use E Speed or F Speed film.
Dr Oz: Radiation Gown – Thyroid Guard + Lead Apron
Dr Oz said that you should never go into a dentist’s office for an x-ray without having a Thyroid Guard along with the regular Lead Apron. If your dentist does not have it or does not know where the Thyroid Guard is, then that is a warning sign, because all Radiation Gowns come with Thyroid Guards.
Dr Oz: Questions to Ask Before Getting X-Rays
1. Why Do I Need It? Mary Mahoney said this is really important and you should ask how will it help me to get better? If you are going to be treated with antibiotics either way, then you may as well skip a chest x-ray for example.