Dental X-rays help dental professionals like Dr. Farhart, visualize the problems and diseases of the teeth and their surrounding tissues. Moreover, they help the dentist determine and treat any dental problem early in their development. As such, they help you save money and prevent any unnecessary discomfort.
Problems that dental X-rays can detect include tooth decay that is not visible with an oral exam, bone loss, abscess, and other developmental abnormalities like cysts and tumors. For children, dental X-rays are used to watch for decay, to determine if there is sufficient space in the mouth for all incoming teeth, and to check for impacted teeth.
How Often Should Your Teeth Be X-Rayed?
Most people ask, “When do I get dental X-rays? How often should my teeth be X-rayed?” Reputable dental professionals say that the frequency of getting dental X-rays will depend on your dental and medical history, along with your current condition. There are some people who need X-rays every six months while others may only need to get X-rays every two to three years.
If you are a new patient, our Dental One Care team might take X-rays as part of the initial dental exam. This will help establish a baseline record from which to compare the changes that might happen over time.
The American Dental Association or ADA provided X-Ray recommendations:
- Before taking any X-rays, dentists must always perform a clinical examination as well as evaluate the oral and medical history of the patient.
- If you have a history of periodontal problems or extensive decay, Dr. Farhat will take more X-rays of your teeth.
- Children usually need more X-rays than adults because of their developing teeth and jaws.
Even if you do not need frequent dental X-rays, you should still see Farhat regularly for routine oral check-ups.
How to Keep X-Rays to a Minimum
- Practice good oral care – Always maintain good dental health with a routine of proper brushing and flossing. Also, see Farhat on a regular basis for check-ups and cleaning.
- Talk to Dr. Farhat – If you have concerns about how frequently X-rays should be taken, discuss all of them with Dr. Farhat. You can be provided with suggestions about how to go longer between radiation exposures without compromising your oral health.
- Bring your most recent X-rays each time you change Dr. Farhat.
Dental X-rays are necessary because they can identify problems that can’t be detected through a simple dental examination. This way, these dental issues won’t become worse and more difficult to treat. But make sure that before having X-rays, Dr. Farhat provides you with a valid clinical reason.
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