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Dental X-rays May Cause Cancer

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Further research is needed, but until then, think about refusing any non-essential X-rays and scans and work with your doctor to try to reduce the number of essential X-rays you have.

Sources: Acta Oncologica May 2010, Vol. 49, No. 4, Pages 447-453
BBC News, 30th January 2004.

Joanna is a freelance health writer for The Mother magazine and Suite 101 with a column on infertility, http://infertility.suite101.com/. She is author of the book, 'Breast Milk: A Natural Immunisation,' and co-author of an educational resource on disabled parenting, in addition to running a charity for people damaged by vaccines or medical mistakes.

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This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. Why don't you tell your readers to also not live in brick houses, or walk out in the sunlight. Dental X-rays have the lower doses of radiation than a walk on the beach. Dental xrays help diagnose potential problems that could lead to tooth loss or serious infection.

November 9, 2011 - 8:12am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

My evening brushing includes on drop of tea tree on the
tooth paste. I think brushing your teeth before going to bed is the most important one, but brushing should be done at least twice
a day. Flossing is also important.

July 22, 2017 - 5:34am
(reply to Anonymous)

I'm just reporting what these studies said.

I had a massive relapse of hyperacusis that lasted 10 weeks after a dental X-ray I had, I am incredibly sensitive to radiation so I don't think it's as harmless as a walk on the beach.  I hadn't had any relapses for over 2 years and then the morning after the X-ray, it came back very severely.  I couldn't bear the sound of any noise, even people's voices and I felt inflammation pain in my ears and all down my neck and jaw (they X-rayed my jaw) - I thought an inflammation response of my immune system to the X-ray.  After 5 weeks of severe pain, I went to the doctor, explained the situation, he believed me and gave me anti-inflammatories which I took for another 5 weeks before the situation resolved and my hearing returned to normal.

Incidently, the same thing happens if I speak on a cell phone.  I can text but not talk on the phone because I can't have it near my ear or head.

November 9, 2011 - 10:37am

Dental X ray radiographs cannot be compared with medical radiographs as they are very low in doses (we use the term ‘sievert’ here) so there is nothing to worry about. You receive more radiation exposure from natural background radiation or flying cross country.

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March 9, 2011 - 2:09am
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