X-rays are an important part of dental care treatments.
X-rays are used with low levels of radiation to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. At Wiggly Teeth we use x-rays to identify problems like tooth decay, impacted teeth, and cavities. Dental x-rays may be performed yearly or more often if the dentist is tracking the progress of a dental treatment. They are usually performed depending on your age, current oral health, history of gum disease and any symptoms of oral disease.
X-rays are done on new patients so that the new dentist gets a clear picture of their dental health. This is important especially if you don’t have x-rays from the previous dentist. There is a need for children to have dental x-rays more often than adults because the dentist may need to monitor the growth of their adult teeth.
Dental x-rays involve radiation but the exposure levels are so low, thus x-rays are considered safe for children and adults. If the dentist chooses to use digital x-rays instead of developing them on film, your risk from radiation exposure is considered lower as they are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation. The dentist usually places a leaded apron over your abdomen, chest, and pelvic region, this helps to prevent any unnecessary radiations exposure to those vital organs.
Pregnancy is an exception to the rule. Pregnant women or those who believe to be pregnant should avoid getting into contact with all types of radiation. It is important to first tell your dentist if you believe you are pregnant because radiation exposure is not safe for the developing fetus.
Like flossing and brushing, having regular dental x-rays is an important part of your overall oral health. Going for a check-up can be a relief, but this does not mean that you shouldn’t go for x-rays. Dental x-rays may be performed one to two years which depending on your insurance cover, health, and your age.
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