Important things your dentist might ask and why

If you are planning to have a dental check up, this article gives you a brief FAQ and information about the things your dentist might ask you and why

1. Clinical history taking

2. Medical history

3. Intra Oral examination


4. Investigatiioins

Dental x-rays are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your oral health



RISKS OF DENTAL X RAYS

5. BIOPSIES

Biopsies are indicated in the following conditions:

6. WHAT IS ORAL ULCER?

These are one or more painful sores on inner lips, gums, tongue, roof of the mouth or throat that may interfere with eating.

7. RADIATION HAZARDS

The amount of radiation received from dental radiography is so low that it is highly unlikely that it results in a measurable risk. Brain exposure from head CT examinations is typically in the range of 43-75 mGy, far more than from dental radiography.

X RAY PROTECTION

Follow the the ALARA principle,keep the the exposure

As

Low

As

Reasonably

Achievable

In dentistry low level of radiation is used which cause few cell damage but even low level of radiation exposure over a prolonged period of time may cause potential hazards to health.

x-rays is an ionizing radiation that is capable of initiating and producing damage to body cells as well as carcinogenic and genetic change.


Radiation
We live with
1 - 3 mSv
Can kill a human being400 mSv


Regular dental checkups can detect small changes in your oral cavity that can signal a problem that could become more serious in the future.

So get your teeth checked once in 6 months.



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