How Safe are Dental X-Rays?

The exposure to all sources of radiation — including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays can damage the body’s tissues and cells and can lead to the development of cancer in some instances.

Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of X-rays is extremely small. Research in dentistry over the years have lead to the low radiation levels emitted by today’s X-rays. Some of the improvements are new digital X-ray machines that limit the radiation beam to the small area being X-rayed, higher speed X-ray films that require shorter exposure time compared with older film speeds to get the same results, and the use of film holders that keep the film in place in the mouth. Also, the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protects the body from stray radiation (though this is almost nonexistent with the modern dental X-ray machines.)

In addition, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for accuracy and safety every two years, with some states requiring more frequent checks. If you have any questions please call our office at 509-326-2621.

MARIA Y.

I have had multiple visits to 5 Mile Smiles and they have always been great!!! I highly recommend seeing this office for ALL your dental needs!

TANNER L.

Great service, easy to get an appointment, staff was very informative on what work was being done and if I had pain during the procedure. They seem to have very new equipment which makes procedures faster and more effective than other offices in town.

CARMEN W.

I JUST LOVE THESE GUYS !!! I was never an ideal patient, so frightened of a dentist until I found 5 Mile Smiles. The extraordinary quality of their work matches the entire teams' compassion & care. Outstanding!

SHAWN C.

The staff was very kind and welcoming and my appointment was on time.

BRIAN H.

Dr. Keefe and his team were awesome, and I was in and out of there much quicker than I’d anticipated.

RANDY D.

Best dentist I have been to!!! The staff is awesome and got me in while I was on vacation to fix a crown. I would highly recommend.
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