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Among the different kinds of equipment’s that are used in a dental office, they can be divided into three broad categories. The basic cleaning and sanitization tools are the first category of dentist tools which one will find in all dental practices. The second category relates to diagnostic tools. Gone are the days when hand held and rudimentary examinations were done by the mouth or teeth setting. Nowadays, LED lights and diagnostic devices like handheld x-ray machines are available for these procedures, to make them accurate and more comprehensive. The third category of dentist tools required is that which are required for treatment. These vary as per the kind of treatment that is being done, basic, cosmetic or when it involves bone or prosthetics related procedures. If you’re looking for high quality dental services that is guaranteed safe, check out Dental 266 if you’re living on the Sydney, Australia area. You’ll thank me later.

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Use of diagnostic devices.

The importance of the diagnostic tools like x-rays is apparent for any dental practice. In order to ensure that the problem is diagnosed accurately and a comprehensive view of the entire teeth, gum and jaw setting is found, the x-ray machines come of use. The mouth of a patient is difficult to examine but for that reason, many hands held x-ray machines are available. Not only are the fixed ones used in dental clinics, but also the hand held, cordless and the intraoral x-ray equipment. The advanced features of these sophisticated devices make them useful dentist tools.

Different kinds of X-ray machines.

tooth XrayThere are different kinds of x-ray machines and technology that is in vogue for dental practices these days. One will find the standard machines which produce the results on plates which are viewed on an illuminated surface. Again, modern machines like the Panoramic X-ray Machine are designed to offer digital radiography features as well. These machines come with special sensors and pads which help to transmit the x-ray information to a software on a computer. As a result, the machine links up with the software in order to display the results on the computer directly. The advantages of the technology are many. Doctors can directly check the results on the computer as well as compare the views of a recent scan with an earlier scan to compare teeth settings or progress of a problem or treatment. Again, there are different kinds of portable x-ray devices. You will find hand held machines as well as cordless ones. These are small machines which are battery operated and are best to carry around. For larger and more powerful units, there are machines that are portable, but require a power connection as well as a stand to operate.


Features to look for.

The modern machines like the Panoramic X-ray Machine will offer several new features. For instance, these machines come with a digital display which allows the exposure time to be set. The hand operation switch allows control of the exposure of the damaging x-rays. There are microprocessor controllers which help to control the exposure timings to precise levels. There are other safety measures that are inbuilt in these machines to ensure that accidents do not occur.



We are warned to be aware of radiation – but precisely what constitutes dangerous radiation?

Apparently, Alpha radiation is unlikely to reach the living cells inside the body so it’s not considered as dangerous as Beta and gamma radiation, which can penetrate the skin and cause damage to cells. But if the radioactive source is inside the body then it works the other way round – alpha is worse and beta isn’t. However no–one is planning on swallowing or coming into contact with radioactive material voluntarily.


Sorry Bud, You Can’t Have Too Much Of This.

We know about the microwave, cell phone and nuclear radiation – all examples of radiation but there are also the daily things we haven’t really considered – like the ultraviolet light from the sun which in excess can damage our skins and cause skin cancer. Or the ultraviolet light from a black light – excessive exposure has been reported to lead to sterility in men.

Higher electromagnetic frequencies can damage DNA according to the National Cancer institute fact sheet ( These would include X-rays – hence the precautions when you visit the dentist or hospital. When DNA is damaged the cell can turn cancerous. Despite popular fears electric power lines and appliances, radio waves and microwaves have not been proven conclusively to damage the DNA of cells directly.

How does the electromagnetic radiation from your cell phone affect you?

We’ve been taught that we shouldn’t sleep with cell phones next to us or have them in our pockets for long periods of time but the actual studies have not shown consistent results and the researchers are careful to say that further investigation is needed. The radio-frequency energy from cell phones was shown in one study to have an effect on glucose metabolism in the brain and in another study it did not have an effect – so the jury is still out on whether cell phones cause cancer.

However, when it comes to health less is always better – so try to keep your exposure to radiation of all types at minimal levels. Limit yourself to only the really necessary appliances and try to escape into nature and leave the iPod, cell phone tablet and laptop behind. You’ll feel better for not being permanently connected – radiation or not.

Check out IFHNOS Auckland to learn more about the link between cancer and radiation.