Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

are dental x-rays safe

Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA

You do your due diligence by maintaining good oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing regularly. You even visit the dentist twice a year for your dental cleanings and exams, which typically include x-rays that are used to provide the dentist an inside view of your internal oral anatomy. You may be wondering, how safe are dental x-rays exactly? The benefits of these cavity-detecting x-rays far out weight any associated risk.

Cavity detecting x-rays provide the dentist with 2D images of your internal anatomy. These x-rays are used to detect bone abnormalities, determine bone and tooth root health, as well as detecting tooth decay that is otherwise unseen by the eye. Yes, an oral exam can tell the dentist a lot about your oral health, but not everything. Being able to rely on cavity detecting x-rays can do more for your mouth than you may think.

The cause of many oral problems begins in tiny, inconspicuous areas such as between teeth, under the gumline, and in the deep grooves of your teeth. Even more surprising is the fact that your oral health is the gateway to your overall health. Keeping your mouth healthy and clean is one of the easiest, most simple ways to guard your health. To ensure the health of your mouth, the dentist must get an inside look at your oral anatomy by using cavity detecting x-rays.

Do cavity-detecting x-rays subject me to radiation? At Hoag and Dotsch, we use state of the art digital x-rays to capture the images we need for diagnostics, treatment planning, and to perform certain procedures. Digital x-ray systems emit far less radiation than any other type of radiography. We also employ safety measures, such as covering the patient with a lead vest, and never take unnecessary x-rays. Although cavity-detection x-rays do emit a low dose of radiation, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

Why can’t my dentist see a cavity without using an x-ray? Sometimes tooth decay is obviously apparent but at that point, the damage is so far gone that it requires extensive repairs. By undergoing cavity-detecting x-rays, your smile will be healthier, plus, you will save money by avoiding procedures that are more invasive. So, the next time you visit the dentist for a checkup and dental cleaning, rest assured that cavity detecting x-rays are for your benefit.

To schedule your next appointment, contact Hoag and Dotsch today at (206) 542-4344. We welcome patients of Shoreline, Washington.

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