How Often Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

In the past, dentists used to recommend annual dental x-rays. However, today, the American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that healthy adults with no apparent major dental problems should only need X-rays every 2 or 3 years. If you have a history of dental problems or have demonstrated that you may develop damage or illness, your dentist may recommend more frequent X-rays. Complete X-rays are used as part of the preparation for many dental procedures, such as extractions or dental planning.

How often you receive dental X-rays depends on your age, your oral health, your risk of getting sick, and whether or not you've shown any signs of damage or illness. Dental X-rays emit very low levels of radiation, so as long as you're exposed to radiation, the levels are low enough to minimize any risk of potentially harmful effects. Without dental X-rays, any problem that isn't visible could go unnoticed and cause potentially serious dental problems, such as tooth decay. Dental X-rays identify any risks to your oral health so that your dentist can better advise you on the next course of action.Dentists use X-rays to accurately assess your dental health, especially when it comes to areas that aren't visible to the naked eye.

Radiation levels are so low that even people who are pregnant or breastfeeding can have dental X-rays safely and without fear.At Dental Associates of Basking Ridge, we understand the importance of regular dental X-rays in maintaining good oral health. Our compassionate and professional team is here to help you make informed decisions about your oral health and provide you with the best care possible.

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