Radiation in dental practice: protection, awareness and recommendations

This article gives general guidelines for radiation protection professionals unfamiliar with dental radiography, how to optimize the usage of X-ray devices, and how to manage professional and non-professional dosages.

Topics covered in this article involve basic protective measures typically used to minimize radiation exposure to patients and operators, recommendations for developing operational procedures, and conducting compliance audits in dental clinics. You can also know more about radiation safety in dental practice via https://med-phys.com/services/dental-practices/.

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Radiation is the transmission of energy through space and matter. There are several types of radiation, including ionizing and non-ionizing. X-rays are ionizing radiation that is widely used in medical and dental practice. While they provide useful information and help with diagnosis, they can also have harmful effects.

In dentistry, it is mainly used for diagnostic purposes, and in the dental setup, practicing dentists demonstrate, process, and interpret radiographs. Although these exposures are lower, reducing exposure to dental staff and patients is critical to prevent harmful radiation effects. 

Various radiation protection measures are recommended to enhance this effect. A study conducted by dentists found that awareness of radiation protection was very low and the measures needed to reduce exposure were insufficient.

The article aims to review important parameters that must be taken into consideration in the clinical set-up to reduce radiation exposure to patients and dental personnel.