Dental X-rays help dentists visualize diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissue that cannot be seen with a simple oral exam. In addition, X-rays help the dentist find and treat dental problems early in their development, which can potentially save you money, unnecessary discomfort, and maybe even your life.
How Often Should Teeth Be X-Rayed?
The frequency of getting X-rays of your teeth often depends on your medical and dental history and current condition. Some people may need X-rays as often as every six months; others with no recent dental or gum disease and who visit their dentist regularly may get X-rays only once a year. If you are a new patient, we take X-rays as part of the initial exam and to establish a baseline record from which to compare changes that may occur over time.
How Safe Are Dental X-Rays?
Exposure to all sources of radiation -- including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays -- can damage the body's tissues and cells and can lead to the development of cancer in some instances. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of dental X-rays is extremely small, especially when using digital X-rays.
Did you know...
For every single x-ray taken in our office equals two bananas you've consumed. And every full set of x-rays (18) taken is the same amount of radiation as walking around the Grand Canyon for two days. That means 10 full sets (180) of x-rays would equal a 6 hour plane flight.