Yes. According to the Radiological Society of North America the amount of radiation you are exposed to during a chest x-ray, which effects a dosage 10x more than a dental x-ray, is equivalent to the same dosage you receive from simply being alive for 10 days. That’s right, we are exposed to very small doses of naturally occurring radiation every day such as cosmic radiation from outer space. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process. They are used to detect cavities, evaluate bone health, monitor developing dentition, evaluate traumatic injuries, and plan for orthodontic treatment. With proper shielding and use of digital sensors, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. It is important to realize that dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than undetected and untreated dental problems.