Dental x-rays are found to be safer than the sun.

Many people worry about the safety of dental x-rays and the radiation that they receive during the x-ray exposure time.  The truth about dental x-rays is that they produce much less radiation than the sun does every year.  In fact, bitewing x-rays, which are given every year, expose you to about 80 times less radiation than the sun.  The x-rays given in the dental office are used to check the mouth for cavities, bone infections, periodontal disease, and abscesses. Many oral health issues cannot be detected by looking or feeling a person’s mouth.  By the time your dentist can see or feel the problem, it is going to be a much larger problem than if the dentist had taken the x-ray and caught the problem early.