New research from Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society has found that receiving frequent dental x-rays may increase your risk of developing meningioma—the most commonly diagnosed brain tumour in the U.S.

Dental x-rays emit ionizing radiation which is an environmental risk factor for developing meningioma (a common, but usually nn-cancerous brain tumour), reports Science Daily. Researchers of the study did note that while today's dental x-rays do not expose patients to as much radiation as they did in the past, more awareness is needed regarding the optimal use of dental x-rays.

The Canadian Dental Association has responded to the study's findings saying that they simply underscore a decreasing and already well-known risk associated with dental x-rays.

Do you get dental x-rays on a yearly basis?

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