When Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

affirm-laser-treatmentAlthough some people still argue that radiation from x-rays is dangerous, you should not listen to them. X-rays do not provide nearly enough radiation to harm you, and dental x-rays can save you so much time, money, and pain by discovering dental problems before they become serious. While you should be grateful for dental x-rays, you are probably wondering some questions, such as:

  • How often do you need a dental x-ray?
  • How many x-rays will you need to get?
  • Do I need to worry about the timing?

This article hopes to answer these questions and more. And if you still have questions, and even if you don’t, we encourage you to come in and talk about the procedure with Dr. Kalil.

Step In Time

You shouldn’t have to worry about when you need x-rays, as your dentist should be keeping great records about the x-rays you’ve had and their results. They will know when you need an x-ray. However, if you are worried about it, feel free to ask your dentist is it is time for an x-ray.

It is hard to say how often it will be between x-rays, as this will vary from person to person and mouth to mouth. If you have no known problems and have a healthy mouth, you might need an x-ray only every couple of years. On the other hand, if you are suffering from excessive decay or some kind of oral disease (such as gum disease), you might need one as often as every 6 months.

As a general rule, x-rays are taken in healthy children and adults about every year or two to make sure that everything is still healthy and sound, especially with development, wisdom teeth, and decay.

There are two types of dental x-rays: those inside the mouth and those taken outside the mouth. The kind of x-ray that you need will be determined by your dentist. He or she won’t mind at all if you ask questions and want to know what is going on. That’s why they’re there—to help you take care of your mouth.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalil today, and see your mouth like you’ve never seen it before.

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