Did you know that your dentist has a superpower? It’s called an x-ray and it gives them the ability to see inside your teeth. Dental x-rays are images produced by an x-ray machine that’s kept inside your dentist’s office that your dentist can use to assess the health of your teeth and gums. How x-rays help your dentist is by enabling them to spot problems that may otherwise be undetectable from the surface, such as tooth decay, cavities, damage to jaw and impacted teeth. X-rays are one of the greatest advancements that’s ever happened to dentistry.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Just like any other kind of x-ray, dental x-rays do produce radiation, but the levels are very low and considered safe for adults and children. With the invention of digital x-rays, the risks of radiation have become even less than from traditional x-rays, but your dentist may also place a heavy led bib or blanket over your chest and abdomen to ensure extra protection.

However, if you are pregnant or may become pregnant, you should let your dentist know. Pregnant women are advised to avoid x-rays of any kind to help protect the developing fetus from any possible exposure to radiation.

How Often Do I Need X-Rays?

Usually, your dentist will recommend x-rays once a year. Sometimes they are needed more often, though, depending on your age and the health of your teeth or gums. Children sometimes need x-rays more often to ensure that their permanent teeth come in properly as they grow. If you have a history of gum disease or tooth decay, x-rays help your dentist determine what your dental health currently looks like. They may recommend more frequent x-rays because of how they can help your dentist observe what’s happening beneath the surface, and keep track of any risks you may be experiencing due to past dental health difficulties.

One of the Essentials

If you’re serious about your oral health, x-rays are essential. Just like daily brushing and flossing, it’s important to get x-rays regularly not only to help identify problems but also to help prevent problems by catching any trouble spots early. X-rays help your dentist provide comprehensive care that a peek under the surface can help provide.

Talk to your dentist if you’re experiencing pain or have any other concerns about your oral health, especially if you don’t currently have dental x-rays scheduled. Your dentist can often determine if x-rays are necessary by asking some brief questions about your symptoms and performing a routine exam. X-rays help your dentist showcase their best superpower they have on hand to help save your teeth from harm and keep your smile bright and healthy.

Call our 5th Street, Riverside, Galleria, Heights, Oak Forest, Rice Village, Richmond, Spring or Hulen dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.