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There are a lot of myths around X-rays but it’s quite a painless procedure. One wouldn’t feel any problem or hint of discomfort at the X-rays done at our clinics. Let’s breakdown the procedure into steps-
Note: If anyone has a sensitive gag reflex, one should intimate the dentist. This is important to do before the X-ray is conducted. In cases like this, the dentist will alleviate the problem by taking the necessary steps.
X-rays will help in the early diagnosis of any oral problem in the mouth or jaws.
X-rays in adults-
X-rays In children
Dental X-ray is of two types-
The number and frequency of the X-rays all hinges on the patient’s current oral health, medical plus dental history. Usually, the ADA recommends a dental X-ray every 6 months. On the other hand, individuals with no history of dental problems and who have regular dental appointments need to take X-rays every 2 years.
Dentists will compare the first-visit X-rays to the X-rays taken over a period of time. This helps the dentist in diagnosing any oral healthcare problem and recommending early treatment.
Also, X-rays would be recommenced to individuals who are at a high risk of developing dental problems.
So, who needs X-Rays-
Adults with a history of restorative procedures
People with frequent consumption of sugary drinks
People already diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease:
Let’s bust the myth first that X-Rays are unsafe. Radiation emitted from the x-ray is extremely low thanks to the rapid advances in the dentistry field.
The reason for the low exposure are: