Make sure your dentist isn't using this device
Let me translate some dental-speak for you: "You're due for an X-ray" doesn't mean you actually NEED an X-ray.
It doesn't even mean you're "due" in any normal sense of the word.
It means you've reached that magic spot on the calendar when the insurance company will reimburse your dentist for another set of images, whether you actually need them or not.
That adds up to far too much unnecessary cancer-causing radiation already -- and if your dentist is a cheapskate, you could be getting zapped with higher and even more dangerous levels.
That's because El Cheapo dentists aren't getting approved machines from the usual places. They're hitting the bargain bin on eBay and buying shoddy UNAPPROVED devices direct from China, according to a new warning out of the U.K.
The machine they're turning to is called the Tianjie Dental Falcon -- and while it costs one-twentieth the price of a legit X-ray device, it delivers 10 times the normal dose of radiation.
Your dentist saves money, you get cancer. What a bargain!
All that radiation doesn't just slam your jaw, by the way. That would be bad enough -- but since the machine doesn't have a focused beam, your entire skull actually gets zapped.
If it's any consolation, the Falcon lacks a proper lining on the inside -- making it even more dangerous for anyone who operates it frequently, like your Dollar Store Dentist (or, more likely, his assistant -- unless he's too cheap to hire one).
And for the icing on the cake, the Tianjie Dental Falcon can also deliver a 50,000-volt shock -- more than what you'd get if you were condemned to the chair -- and even catch fire.
There's an easy way to limit your need for dental X-rays and minimize your time squirming in the dentist's chair in the first place, and that's by taking care of your teeth the right way.
You don't need toothpaste. You don't even need a toothbrush. Use a blend of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Work it into a paste, and rub the paste into your teeth and gums.
Rinse with the peroxide (just don't swallow), and don't forget to floss and use a water irrigator between your teeth, and you'll have the cleanest mouth in town.
And for more on the dangers of radiation, keep reading.