Benton & Nelson DDS

How much radiation is in a dental x-ray?

Less than old “film” dental x-rays: 

Digital x-rays have 50% less radiation than traditional film-based x-rays.

Less than a cross-country flight: 

A flight from Los Angeles to New York City has 40 times the radiation exposure than a single digital dental x-ray.

Less than a day on the earth: 

A single day of background radiation from living on the Earth is the equivalent of 2 digital dental x-rays.

Less than a bunch of bananas: 

Eating 50 bananas is equivalent to one digital dental x-ray.

Less than a chest x-ray: 

A medical chest x-ray is equivalent to 100 digital dental x-rays.

Less than a mammogram: 

A mammogram is equivalent to 800 dental x-rays.

Less than a medical CT scan: 

A full-body medical CT scan is equivalent to 6,000 digital dental x-rays.

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