Most of us have become more health conscious in the past few decades; we tend to exercise more, make better food choices, and try to stay informed about things that affect our general health and well-being.
As part of our new awareness, many of us have concerns about the frequency of x-rays. Even though the level of radiation in an x-ray is quite low, the truth is that dental professionals have the same concerns you do.
How Dentists Use X-Rays
But dental x-rays have been in use since the 1950s and are an invaluable diagnostic tool. While they help us find cavities, there are actually many other conditions your dentist looks for with x-rays.
- Check for gum disease
- Look for abscesses near the gum roots
- Monitor the position of wisdom teeth
- Detect tumors and oral diseases
- Look for developmental anomalies
- Evaluate jaw growth
The Frequency of Dental X-Rays
There is no hard and fast rule for the frequency of dental x-rays. The American Dental Association recommends x-rays every six to twelve months for patients with a history of decay; however, each patient is unique, and some may be able to go as long as two years between x-rays.
How We Protect You
We offer state-of-the-art family dentistry at Kalaheo Family Dental, and our doctors never recommend an x-ray unless it benefits your long-term oral health. If they do, you can be confident that they will explain why it’s needed and what they hope to accomplish with it.
As part of our commitment to your safety, we have also invested in digital x-rays because they expose you to about 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. The exposure with a full-mouth series of digital x-rays is about the same you would receive during a cross-country flight.
Your comfort and safety are important to us. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns about the need for dental x-rays.