How often and why should I get dental x-rays?
We recommend that our patients get x-rays at-least once a year. X-rays are vital to maintaining a healthy smile.
In many cases, dental decay starts out very small—so tiny, in fact, that your dentist cannot see it during a visual examination. With an x-ray, even the most minuscule sign of decay can be detected—and then treated before it spreads.
Your dentist can also monitor the health of your jawbone with dental x-rays. This is important to make sure there hasn’t been any bone loss.
Dental x-rays are not just used to detect cavities and infections. They might actually save your life. One of the most important reasons for dental x-rays is for early detection of oral cancer. Your chances of a good prognosis increase significantly with early detection. About 49,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the United States annually.
Not To Worry
If you are concerned about the safety of dental x-rays, you can rest assured that you are exposed to a very small amount of radiation. You will likely have more exposure taking a walk outside on a sunny day or flying on an airplane. For more info about dental x-rays in Springfield, MO, call White Smiles Family Dental today!