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Digital Dallas Dentist Reducing X-ray Exposure for Patients

By on May 16, 2013 in Featured, Health News Texas with 0 Comments
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Digital x-rays capture images inside and outside of the mouth and transfer them immediately into a computer system. Photo:

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One person in the U.S. dies every hour from oral cancer according to figures compiled by the Oral Cancer Foundation. There are a number of practices and procedures available for healthcare providers to offer patients to prevent the desease. One Dallas-area dentist is committed to being on the cutting edge for his patients.

Frisco, TX dentist Gregory Sauer, DDS, BS, of the Eldorado Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics, is using the latest digital x-ray technology, a form of x-ray imaging where digital sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film thus reducing radiation exposure to his patients by almost ninety percent.

PDS Dr Gregory (Scott) Sauer

Frisco, TX dentist Gregory Sauer is using the latest digital x-ray technology instead of traditional photographic film thus reducing radiation exposure to his patients by almost ninety percent. Photo: Eldorado Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics,

Oral cancer is a subtype in the head and neck category. It is any cancerous tissue growth located in the oral cavity. Common names include; mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer.

Oral cancers may originate in any of the tissues of the mouth. There are several types of oral cancers, but around 90% are squamous cell carcinomas originating in the tissues that line the mouth and lips. Oral or mouth cancer most commonly involves the tongue. It may also occur on the floor of the mouth, cheek lining, gingiva (gums), lips, or palate (roof of the mouth).

Lifestyle factors such as smoking can contribute to oral cancer, but so can physical factors – such as ultraviolet radiation. The dose of radiation from x-ray machines may be small, but it accumulates over time. The less patients are exposed to radiation, the better.

“April was Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and this was something that I thought about every day as I treated my patients,” said Sauer, a graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. “It is important that patients understand that this technology is available to them and is something they should ask about when selecting a dentist.”

While digital x-ray equipment can be expensive, Eldorado Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics works with a dental service organization to make this cutting edge technology available to its patients.

According to Sauer, digital x-rays capture images inside and outside of the mouth and transfer them immediately into a computer system. They require much less radiation exposure than traditional x-rays with film, but have the same quality of images.


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