Dental X-rays are needed during your routine exams. They allow your dentist can look for cavities between your teeth, underneath fillings and to check for bone loss around the teeth. Some x-rays can detect cysts, tumors, or other problems in your jawbone. Your dentist is unable to see those areas just by looking in your mouth. Since these images are needed to check areas, how often should you have them taken?
Depending on your dental and medical history, the frequency of having x-rays taken, can vary. Some people need to take dental x-rays every 6 months; especially they have a dental history of gum disease and frequent cavities. Other people may only need to take dental x-rays taken every 2-3 years, since they see their dentist regularly, and have no recent history of gum disease or cavities.
In any case, most dentists will want to take dental x-rays on your first dental exam at their office. They will use these initial x-rays to have as a baseline to compare future x-rays or exam findings to. Children and teenagers will have a different frequency from adults. Younger patients need x-rays taken to check for cavities, since their teeth decay very quickly. It also allows your dentist to determine whether there is enough room for permanent teeth to come in, and to check the development or positioning of their wisdom teeth.
Have you been in to see your dentist recently? If so, did you have dental x-rays taken? If it has been a while since you have had a dental checkup and a cleaning, call your dentist to schedule a checkup visit today!
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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