Great. Juuuuuust great!
It sounds like this new study is saying that people who may have had a certain kind (or kinds) of dental x-rays could be at a larger risk for meningioma.
The most commonly diagnosed tumor in the U.S. — so that's not good.
While the findings can't definitively prove that radiation caused the tumors, the people in the study were more likely to be exposed to higher levels of radiation than what everyone is subjected to in this day and age.
In other words, the link is connected to past exposure.
How the study worked was that 1,433 with intracranial meningioma were gathered up alongside 1,350 people of similar age, sex, and location without a tumor.
They then checked how often everyone had three types of dental x-rays.
They found that those diagnosed with meningiomas were more than twice as likely as the comparison group to report ever having had bitewing images taken.
This does not mean, however, that x-rays should be stopped… but rather, people need to make sure that unnecessary ones aren't being performed!
Either way, it's not like we needed another reason to hate going to the dentist — right??
[Image via AP Images.]