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.
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.