Many people spend their entire lives going to the dentist without fully understanding what the purpose of getting an x-ray, something usually reserved for looking at broken bones, has when it comes to caring for your teeth. At Dental Associates of Delaware we are dedicated to not only treating patients with premier dental care, but also in educating each of our patients in the purpose and functionality of our treatments so they fully understand the importance of maintaining oral hygiene.
The Importance of Dental X-Rays
If you have ever been to the dentist for a routine checkup, you have most likely had a physical and visual examination of your mouth, teeth and the surrounding area performed. While this examination can identify some signs of dental issues, there are oral diseases that cannot be detected just through a visual inspection. That’s where X-rays come in. Dental X-Rays can identify the very beginning stages of a number of oral health problems, including cavities, gum disease, and even some types of tumors. This allows your dentist to treat any health concerns before they turn into more serious issues.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
X-Rays are a form of radiation, and many people have concerns about whether there will be any negative health ramifications from receiving an X-Ray. At Dental Associates of Delaware, we take all precautions recommended by the ADA, including the use of protective aprons and thyroid collars, to limit radiation exposure as low as effectively possible. We also utilize a digital X-Ray instead of traditional X-Ray technology, which further reduces radiation by 80%. The simple answer is, while radiation can cause health concerns in large doses, the amount of radiation you receive from dental X-Rays is so negligible when compared to the amount of radiation you receive just walking around everyday, that there is no cause to worry.
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