Information For Patients
The Truth About Radiation
"Radiation is a form of energy that is a part of our everyday lives. All of us receive a "dose" of radiation each day. Most of the dose comes from naturally occurring radioactive materials such as uranium, thorium, radon, and certain forms of potassium and carbon. The air we breathe contains radon, the food we eat contains uranium and thorium from the soil, and our bodies contain radioactive forms of potassium and carbon. Cosmic radiation from the sun also contributes to our natural radiation dose."
"We also receive radiation doses from man-made sources such as X-rays, nuclear medical procedures, power plants, smoke detectors, and older television sets. Some people, such as nuclear plant operators, flight crews, and nuclear medicine staff may also receive an occupational radiation dose."
US Department of Energy, 2009
Your dentist plays an integral part in your overall health
Radiation is cumulative and your dentist should place high importance on the balance between the potential harms of ionizing radiation and the diagnostic benefits it provides by complying with the ALARA principle to reduce radiation exposure.
To comply with ALARA (keeping radiation As Low As Reasonably Achievable) the Certified PatientFirst Safe X-Ray Practice must meet four critical standards:
Protect patients from unnecessary exposure to radiation by taking X-ray’s only when absolutely necessary.
Use Tru-Align™, which reduces patient exposure to scatter radiation up to 90%.
Proper and consistent use of protective materials, such as aprons and thyroid collars, to protect against exposure to radiation.
Consistent use of dosimeters to monitor radiation, ensuring the practice environment is safe and equipment is functioning properly.
What Am I Supposed To Do? How Can I Protect Myself And My Family?
It is impossible to eliminate all radiation from our lives. Our health, much like our works, depends on what we do to reduce our exposure
First, we should not be so alarmed that we become paranoid about all possible sources of radiation. Nor should we believe every alarming story we hear about radiation. We should, however, educate ourselves about the existence of radiation in our lives, educate ourselves about the risks, and educate ourselves about the ways we can control and even reduce our exposure to radiation.
One sure way to reduce your exposure to radiation is to make sure your dentist gives you and your family the lowest reasonable amount of radiation through x-rays. Here are some facts relative to dental radiation:
- Ordinarily a dentist needs to give x-rays in order to diagnose your oral health.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The US Food and Drug Administration, The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement, and The American Dental Association all have issued guidelines and recommendations to dentists for reducing radiation.
- Dentists are encouraged to use the ALARA PRINCIPLE when giving x-rays. It stands for "As Low As Reasonably Achievable".
HOWEVER, not all dentists use all reasonable means to deliver the least amount of radiation when taking x-rays. Only PatientFirst Safe X-Ray Practices are using Tru-Align technology to reduce your exposure to radiation.
Personal And Environmental Safety Is Important To Your Neighbors
When talking with your friends, you might mention to them our commitment to safety and suggest they contact us if their dentist does not have a PatientFirst Safe X-Ray Practice..
Tell them that we are committed to giving a reduced amount of radiation in every x-ray we take - for children and adults. Tell them we have invented a new, affordable technology that guarantees reduced radiation, the Tru-Align.
We appreciate your spreading the word about PatientFirst Safe X-Ray Practices.
Learn More About Safe X-Ray Practices
To find out more about PatientFirst Safe X-Ray Practices, or to find a certified dentist near you, please visit the PatientFirst Dentist web site.