Here is a link to the original NYTimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/26/upshot/you-probably-dont-need-dental-x-rays-every-year.html
And my follow up comment that the NYTimes did not publish:
Good afternoon! Here is the ADA/FDA advice on page 13 of DENTAL RADIOGRAPHIC EXAMINATIONS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PATIENT SELECTION AND LIMITING RADIATION EXPOSURE published in 2012:
“Adult (Dentate and Partially Edentulous)
Adults who exhibit clinical dental caries or who have other increased risk factors should be monitored carefully for any new or recurrent lesions that are detectable only by radiographic examination. The frequency of radiographic recall should be determined on the basis of caries
risk assessment. It should be noted that a patient’s risk status can change over time and that an individual’s radiographic recall interval may need to be changed accordingly. Therefore, a posterior bitewing examination is recommended at 6 to 18 month intervals. “
FDA LINK: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/
Radiation-EmittingProducts/ RadiationEmittingProductsandPr ocedures/MedicalImaging/ MedicalX-Rays/UCM329746.pdf
ADA LINK: http://www.ada.org/en/~/media/
ADA/Publications/ADA%20News/ Files/Dental_Radiographic_ Examinations_2012
But, just so you understand that the NYTimes is not completely telling a lie, the guidelines do specify on page 5 that adult patients, who have “no clinical caries and not at increased risk for caries” should have a “posterior bitewing exam at 24-36 month intervals”.
The thing is, most people will read the article headlines and come to a conclusion that they do not need x-rays at all. That is clearly misleading.
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