Dental X-Rays and How Often You May Need One

1 April 2019
1 April 2019, Comments: 0

Dental X-rays use a low level of radiation to take images of your teeth and gums. Your dentist can use these images to help assess your oral health and to advise on any necessary treatment plan.

Key takeaways:

– Your age, existing oral health issues or a history of gum disease could mean requiring an X-ray more often than once a year.

– The low levels of radiation are considered safe for adults and children, though pregnant women should not have X-rays.

– You will need to wear a lead bib just to prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation for your organs.

“The X-ray machine is positioned alongside your head to record images of your mouth. Some dental practices have a separate room for X-rays, while others perform them in the same room as cleanings and other procedures.”

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