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Why does my dentist leave the room when taking x-rays?

Rita Medwid
Dentist
All professionals taking x-rays leave the room, whether it is an x-ray of a tooth, chest, leg, or any other hard structure. The amount of radiation in of itself is not harmful, but doing that several times day, will add up after a few years. Although, still nothing harmful may happen, it is safe to be cautious.
If your dentist or dental staff member does not leave the room or stand behind a barrier when they take dental x-rays, he or she will be exposed to radiation many times a day. Although the amount of radiation he or she receives each time is quite small, over time it could add up to a large amount.

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