Why do I need dental x-rays every year?

Why do I need dental x-rays every year?

Jan 20, 2015

Most people don’t realize how much of their overall health can be your affected by oral problems, or how serious your mouth’s health can be. It’s important to not only have regular dental visits every 6 months, but also to get dental x-rays every year.

Dental x-rays are important for oral diagnosis. Annual x-rays can keep an eye on the development of your teeth and gums and detect anything that could be headed towards possible future issues such as tooth decay, tooth misalignment, gum disease, and bone loss.

Gum disease causes bone loss and tooth decay, but it has also been linked to other health issues, such as stroke and heart disease. The best way to cure gum disease and prevent future health risks caused by oral problems is early detection. Catching certain oral problems too late can lead to permanent damage or surgery.

Are x-rays safe?

Some people have concerns about the safety of dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are completely safe. The level of radiation in x-ray technology is very low. Unless you have a history of tooth decay or other oral health problems, one x-ray a year should suffice. Be sure to let your dentist know if you are pregnant during your office visit so they can take extra precautions when getting a dental x-ray for you.

At Better Dentistry, we use the latest dental technology in our x-rays and dental procedures. Call us at 919-386-6900 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment with our Raleigh family dentist.

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