Episode - Is a Thyroid Shield Necessary To Wear When Visiting the Dentist?


Is a thyroid shield necessary to wear when visiting the dentist?

All x-rays emit ionizing radiation, which can cause cell damage and increase your risk of developing cancer.

Dental x-rays are a particular concern for those with thyroid health conditions because of their proximity to the thyroid gland and the frequency at which they are typically done.

Today I’m sharing some research studies on the use of thyroid shields, the risks of dental x-rays, and my recommendations ​​for your next dental visit.


During this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The increased risk of thyroid cancer reported in dentists, dental assistants, and x-ray workers
  • Why it’s essential to use a thyroid shield for all dental radiography
  • Different types of lead aprons and their effectiveness
  • The reduction in radiation exposure provided by thyroid shielding


As always, I hope you found this episode valuable, and I look forward to catching you in the next episode!


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