Dental X-rays are an important part of your dental exam, but you may not know much about them. Why do you need them? How often should you get them? Are they safe? These are the questions we’ll cover in today’s spotlight on dental X-rays.

Are Dental X-rays Safe?

Yes! Wichita Family Dental uses digital X-rays along with protective equipment that includes lead aprons and thyroid collars. The digital X-rays capture images quickly and greatly reduce your exposure to radiation while the protective equipment creates a barrier to keep you safe. The American Dental Association (ADA) regularly tests dental X-rays to ensure their safety for both children and adults.

Why Do You Need Dental X-rays?

It would be impossible for your doctor to see all of the details in your mouth with the naked eye. Dental X-rays help your Wichita Family Dental doctor to see inside and between your teeth as well as underneath your gums. These X-Rays can catch cavities, misaligned teeth, abscesses, and other potential problems that would otherwise be missed during a visual exam. This allows your doctor to provide you with the most comprehensive diagnosis and tackle small issues before they become bigger and more expensive.

How Often Do You Need Dental X-rays?

The recommended frequency for dental X-Rays depends on your dental history. As everyone’s oral health is different, your doctor will need to conduct a thorough evaluation of your specific dental needs before determining how often to take X-rays. If you are a new patient or a patient who has not been to the dentist in a few years, your Wichita Family Dental doctor will likely recommend a full series of X-rays to assess your oral health. After that, it will depend on whether or not you keep your regular checkups. The best way to reduce the number of dental X-rays you receive is to practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing twice a day.

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