Do you ever wonder why X-Rays are associated with dentists so often? Do you wonder how often a dentist will actually recommend an X-Ray? In reality, X-Rays are extremely important because they help dentists plot out treatments and plan how to best meet their patients’ needs. Depending on the state of your smile, your dentist may only recommend once a year or less. However, there are a few circumstances that will require more frequent X-rays. To let you know when you may expect more frequent X-Rays, we’re happy to offer a few conditions to watch for.
Dental Work: If you have had extensive dental work, X-Rays may be necessary to look beneath your fillings for signs of decay or infection. Having these X-Rays is very important for finding issues that could be lurking in your smile before they become serious.
Dry Mouth: Xerostomia—also known as dry mouth—is a disease rather than a symptom, that results in diminished or absent saliva flow. This is problematic because saliva help prevent cavities. If you have dry mouth, your dentist may recommend more frequent X-rays to search for signs of decay.
Gum Disease: If you have gum disease, your dentist might recommend more frequent X-rays to monitor bone loss. Similarly, our dentist may want to track your bone structure if you smoke, because smokers tend to be more likely to have gum disease.
If you are interested in learning more, or in scheduling an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are eager to hear from you.