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Why Do I Need Regular X-rays?

Posted on 12/20/2019 by Dr Jonathan Ford
Why Do I Need Regular X-rays?Walk into any new dental practice, and you'll notice the first thing they will want to get accomplished is an x-ray of your teeth. This comes for a good reason. Your gums and teeth have many areas that a visual inspection can miss early signs of decay.

Patients who regularly have x-rays performed average having a much better quality of oral health and if they have problems. By having regular x-rays, it allows our staff to compare them to previous ones to look for early signs of problems.  

Aren't Too Many X-rays Bad For Me?

Some people fear the effects of too much radiation during an x-ray. To help ease your concerns, think of it this way. Four bitewing x-rays, the ones you bite down on, then, an x-ray is taken. They give you about 0.005 millisieverts of radiation (according to the American College of Radiology). That is roughly equivalent to you going outside and spending a normal day in the sun.

X-rays not only allow our dentist to see areas that are hard to see with the naked eye. They also allow for the inspection of a tooth's root. Any cysts, abscesses or any other foreign masses can be seen and diagnosed. If you are experiencing any type of bone loss from gum disease, it can easily be identified with an X-ray. 

How Often Should I Receive an X-ray?

Everybody's oral health is a little different. Someone who has high-risk factors like smoking or past issues with gum disease will need X-rays more often than someone with a track record without issues. Our dentist can take into account all these variables and recommend for your situation, how often to have an x-ray performed. By attending your bi-yearly dental appointment, we can inspect your mouth and then make further recommendations. 

By brushing twice per day for two minutes, followed by flossing and using a fluoride mouthwash. You can protect your mouth and limit the need for an X-ray. For further questions or to schedule an appointment, call us today. We are happy to assist with your oral health.
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