Welcome, to our radiation (x-ray) calculator link to the EPA calculator for radiation. This calculator will hopefully
inform patients that a few dental x-rays are not bad when compared to such things as the elevations we call home,
how often we fly, what kind of home we live in, etc. Living in Ashland, Oregon (at 2000 + ft), flying an average of 20 hours
or 1000 miles a year, and getting 4 films (x-rays) combined is well below the national average of 360 mrem.
Having dental x-rays will benefit you and your oral health as x-rays are NECESSARY to diagnosis underlying dental conditions.
Please see the calculator (1) below or NRC (2) for more info:)
NOTE: when using the EPA calculator 1 dental film is 1 mrem so a full mouth series is 18 mrem, which is less than a standard medical x-ray taken at the hospital. Most patients only need 4 films every two years.
1 ) site link: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/calculate.html
2 ) site link: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/bio-effects-radiation.html