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The Importance Of Regular Dental X-Rays

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Giri Palani
Dental X-rays produce images of the teeth and jaws taken from the inside. Dentists use X-rays to evaluate structures that are not visible during a typical examination. These structures include your jawbone, nerves, sinuses, and the roots of your teeth.

Dental X-Rays Have A Major Importance

Most individuals should undergo dental X-ray procedures once every six to 18 months, depending on the overall condition of their teeth and gums. However, more frequent X-rays might be necessary if specific oral health issues such as periodontal disease, persistent cavities, or other situations require timely attention. It is essential to acknowledge that the potential exposure to radiation during a dental X-ray examination is relatively low; nevertheless, excessive doses could pose dangers, including an increased risk of developing cancer.

As such, it is crucial to have only the X-rays required. Consulting with your healthcare professional will help determine whether the advantages of undergoing dental X-rays outweigh any potential hazards. Like other regions in the body that require imaging procedures through electromagnetic radiation exposure, dental X-rays also use this technique to obtain pictures of your mouth structures, including teeth and bones.

These images are created by capturing the radiation beam as it passes through soft tissues and gets absorbed by them. Nowadays, traditional dental X-rays have also been replaced by digital versions. Having radiographs taken at your dentist's office is essential for maintaining good dental health. Patients with healthy teeth and gums are usually advised to have X-rays done annually; however, individuals with a history of tooth decay or gum disease may need more frequent screenings. To preserve the health of your teeth and gums, consult with your dentist to determine how often you should undergo X-ray procedures.

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