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Want to get a clear picture of your oral health? Dental X-rays are a valuable option! They’re a common diagnostic tool used by dentists to capture an accurate image of the mouth – including teeth and gums.
Dental X-rays, also referred to as radiographs, use low doses of radiation to help your dentist identify oral health issues early on, which can help avoid more complex health issues and costly treatments in the future.
Types of X-rays
There are two main types of dental X-rays:
Common dental X-rays:
Who are dental X-rays for?
The short answer: everyone! Dental X-rays help dentists detect a variety of dental and overall health issues in both adults and children.
For adults, dental X-rays are taken to:
For children, dental X-rays are taken to:
Dental X-ray safety
X-rays recommendations are commonly based on individual oral health needs and the patient’s risk for dental disease. They can help dentists determine the best treatment options and avoid unnecessary procedures.
When dental X-rays are necessary, dentists and their staff are equipped to minimize radiation exposure. Fortunately, modern technology and digital imaging only subject patients to a minimal amount of radiation exposure compared to the natural radiation exposure we experience from the sun every day, so you can take comfort in your safety.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions concerning your safety prior to a dental X-ray. Your dentist should be able to provide information on how they reduce radiation exposure for patients. It’s also important to note that dental X-rays are generally safe during pregnancy. With low amounts of radiation and the body’s exposure mainly limited to the head, risk is minimal. However, it’s recommended that patients speak with their doctor and dentist beforehand to ensure both the patient and child remain protected.
Like routine cleanings, dental X-rays are key to practicing preventive care and protecting your oral and overall health. For more information, talk to your dentist at your next appointment.
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* All TruAssure dental plans, other than Basic and Preferred dental plans, are offered in association with the DenteMax Plus dental network arrangement, which includes participating dentists from the DenteMax, United Concordia and Connection dental networks. TruAssure Basic and Preferred dental plans for both group and individual members are offered in association with the DenteMax dental network.
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