X-rays use a low level of radiation that helps to capture images of the inside of your teeth. These images are helpful in determining any problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. X-rays can aid your dentist in diagnosing cavities, tooth decay or impacted teeth.
X-rays are typically performed at your first appointment and again when your dentist feels that you need them. Some factors that influence the frequency of imaging include:
- Current oral health
- History of gum disease
- Symptoms of oral disease
Children also undergo more x-rays than adults due to their exponential growth and to ensure the development of their permanent teeth.
Regular dental appointments are a critical component in your dental health. The health of your mouth also has an impact on other aspects of your body as well, so it’s important to make sure that you correct any issues as soon as possible. If you are considering a checkup, contact your dentist today to schedule an appointment.