It’s recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year for a routine exam and cleaning. These appointments are very beneficial for maintaining good oral health as your dentist or hygienist will remove harmful substances from your teeth and gums and check on the overall health of your mouth. During your exam, the dentist will look for signs of potential problems. Digital x-rays are usually taken once a year to help dentists diagnose oral disease early to maintain patients' oral health.
X-rays are useful because they give your dentist a better look at what’s going on below the gum line. X-rays allow your dentist to detect issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. These issues include tooth decay, bone loss, issues below the gum line, and cancerous tumors. Detecting issues through x-rays can benefit your overall health. Research has shown that issues surrounding the gum line can affect other parts of the body as well. Some patients are apprehensive about getting x-rays due to radiation exposure, but digital x-rays have lowered the level of radiation by 80 to 90 percent.The radiation exposure patients experience during routine annual x-rays is very minimal and not harmful. Radiation exposure during a dental exam is 1500 less than what you would experience when receiving a chest x-ray.