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The Importance of Dental X-Rays

  • July 22, 2015

For a lot of people, the idea of dental x-rays sound unnecessary and intimidating. Many people are unaware that dental x-rays can detect damage and disease that is not visible during dental examinations. Although your dentist is highly qualified, they are not always able to detect every dental issue with their eyes alone. Some dental issues can lie between teeth, under soft tissue or within the bone, making them invisible to the naked eye. Without x-rays, many damages and diseases can go without detection and cause severe harm.

What Can X-Rays Detect?

Dental x-rays can be a useful diagnostic tool. Detecting damage and disease early can prevent problems, allowing you to save money and time. Prevention is a big reason why x-rays are an important part of dental checkups, don’t wait to get an x-ray until you notice the signs. The following can be detected from dental x-rays:

  • The Importance of Dental X-RaysCavities
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Infections
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Cancer & more

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Who Should Get Dental X-Rays?         

It is crucial to be aware of your oral health as most dental issues cannot be detected on your own. How often x-rays should be taken depends on  your dentist’s opinion based on your oral health, your age, past medical history and any clear signs of oral disease. Often, children require more x-rays than adults because their teeth are still in the developing stages and are more prone to tooth decay. Although this is true, it is still vital that adults regularly get x-rays as a preventative measure as well.

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Are You Due For An X-Ray? 

There is no reason to avoid x-rays! Protect your beautiful smile with prevention. Allow Dr. Larry Duffield to take care of all of your dental needs and questions. Schedule your next appointment today! Contact us at 877-630-7410 for more information.

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