Getting regular cleanings and checkups is such a vital part of good oral health, but did you know that even if you don't have a cavity, you should have dental x-rays?
There are so many things that we can learn about what's going on beneath your gums that a regular dental exam doesn't see.
There are a myriad of reasons that we may suggest that it's time for you to have dental x-rays. They can tell us a lot about what's happening with your mouth and teeth below the surface. How often do you need to have x-rays? Depending on your oral health history, age and current overall health, it can vary for each person. If you're in good oral health, we may not ask to do them very often.
On the flip side of that, if you have oral health concerns that we may need to monitor more closely, bone loss or decay, we may take them as frequently as once every 6 months. It really depends on your oral health history and what our dentists are looking for.
In addition to checking for bone loss, we can detect cavities, abscesses and infection, observe and monitor permanent and wisdom teeth in children. X-rays also reveal any bone damage that may have been caused by a lost or damaged tooth, fracture or even periodontitis. If this is your first visit to our office, we will do a full set of x-rays to establish your baseline. This just helps us get a clear picture of your entire dental health so we can serve you better.
For good oral health, you need to brush at least twice daily, floss regularly and come in to see us for your scheduled cleanings and x-rays. If it's been a while, give us a call! We're here to make sure you put your best smile forward