Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Posts Tagged ‘Dental x-rays’

Why Does the Orthodontist Need Another X-ray?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on November 26th, 2012
Why Does the Orthodontist Need Another X-ray?

Your son just had “X-rays” taken at the dentist last month. Why does the orthodontist need to take another one? In fact, why do orthodontists need X-rays at all? X-rays, officially called radiographs, are images created when a beam of radiation passes through the body and hits a sensor (or a piece of film in older machines) on the other side. X-rays have the ability to create pictures revealing the differences in the densities of the tissues through which they pass. The “shadows” cast on the digital sensor or film allow doctors to see objects hidden by the skin and…

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Do Dental X-rays Really Cause Brain Tumors?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 29th, 2012
Do Dental X-rays Really Cause Brain Tumors?

A recent article in the journal Cancer suggested that having routine bitewing x-rays at dental checkups may cause a certain type of benign brain tumor (a meningioma). This article was picked up by the New York Times and then reported by most major news media including CNN and Fox News. Using dental x-rays in my practice every day, this article naturally caught my attention. Here’s how the study was performed. Two groups of patients between the ages of 20 and 79 were interviewed. They were asked to remember how many dental x-rays they had received at the following ages: less…

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