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Why Does Your Dentist Take Dental X-rays?

August 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 1:56 am

Dentist reviewing X-ray with patientThe American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Besides cleaning your teeth and examining your mouth, your dentist will also review X-rays. The detailed images provide your dentist with important information about your dental health that may not be visible to the naked eye. Here is why X-rays play a vital role in maintaining a healthy smile.

Why are Dental X-rays Important?

Not all dental problems are visible from the surface. Dental X-rays give your dentist a complete picture of your oral health to look for anything concerning that may not be detectable through a visual examination, like tooth decay, impacted teeth, or infections. Not only can your dentist see current issues, but they can also use the information to predict future complications. Overall, X-rays provide quicker detection of various problems for early intervention to avoid invasive or costly treatments later. 

Most dental practices use digital X-rays because they use less radiation than traditional film methods. Researchers have found that there’s a 90% reduction in radiation exposure when using digital technology. Not to mention, you don’t have to wait for film strips to develop. The images are available instantly. They also enhance patient comfort because you don’t have to bite on film strips. 

You will spend less time in the dentist’s chair to streamline your care while ensuring nothing is overlooked. Your dentist can view the images on a computer screen, where they can be enlarged to spot the smallest concerns. Your digital X-rays can be saved in your patient file for easy reference. 

How Often are X-rays Needed?

Children often require more frequent X-rays than adults because their mouths are still growing and developing. Adults should have X-rays at least once a year; however, every mouth and situation differs. Your dentist may recommend them more often, based on your dental needs. 

Invest in Healthy Teeth and Gums

X-rays and regular dental care can help keep your teeth and gums healthy, but it’s also important to care for your mouth at home. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes. Daily flossing will remove any food residue or plaque missed by your toothbrush. 

Eat nutritious foods to support a healthy mouth and body. Limit your consumption of sugars and starches. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which is important for your dental health. 

If you develop any concerns between your regular dental visits, don’t wait for a small issue to turn into a big problem. Contact your dentist for an appointment.

About Dr. Travis Spillman

Dr. Spillman obtained his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston while working as a dental assistant. He has regularly continued his education to provide the latest solutions in dentistry. He embraces advanced technology to deliver the highest level of care. Contact his office at (214) 919-3665 to schedule an appointment.

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