Dental x-rays, also called radiographs, are essential for your dentist to have more insight into the health of your teeth. These x-rays reveal conditions that your dentist may not readily see in a routine dental exam.

Here are what you need to know before you get a dental x-ray.

  1. Dental x-rays are an integral part of maintaining optimum oral health.
  2. Dental x-rays are safe since they emit only small amounts of radiation. In fact, the most modern digital x-rays give off much less radiation than its more traditional counterparts.
  3. Despite being safe, we only take x-rays within recommended guidelines to minimise unecessary radiation.
  4. Pregnant women, as well as those who are trying to conceive, should let their dentist know. Despite getting more radiation from a short flight, we still like to be safe with bubs in the womb. However, it may be necessary in some cases to x-rays. This is more important in the first trimester.

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  1. Those who need x-rays more frequently are children with developing teeth, adults with a lot of restorative work who may have decay underneath their fillings, as well as people suffering from dry mouth or xerostomia. Those who smoke or have gum disease may also require x-rays to monitor bone loss.
  2. There is now no need for a lead apron with the low dose digital x-rays.
  3. There’s no special preparation prior to getting x-rays. You just need to make sure you have brushed and flossed your teeth thoroughly so you can present a clean and hygienic oral environment from which to get x-rays.

If you haven’t had dental x-rays in at least the past 3 years, you may need to get one. Schedule an appointment with your local dentist in Caloundra today!