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Dental x-rays have been used for decades and are one of the most important diagnostic tools used in dentistry. For years, x-rays have been used to identify abnormalities like cavities, and gum and bone disease. When talking about the relative safety of x-rays, you should understand that many of our simple, day-to-day activities expose you to some radiation from the sun, minerals in soil, and even your microwave.
At Clark Dental Studio, we use digital radiographs (x-rays) to provide us with detailed images. We choose digital x-rays because they’re effective, reduce your exposure (compared to film x-rays), and completely eliminate the need for traditional films. Digital x-rays are also better for the environment since there’s no hazardous material to dispose of.
How frequently we take digital x-rays depends on the current condition of your teeth and your dental history. Dr. Clark may decide that x-rays twice a year would be right for you, but other patients who see us regularly and don’t have a history of frequent cavities or gum disease may only require x-rays every few years. If you’re a new patient and haven’t had updated x-rays taken recently, we may suggest a set of x-rays to establish a baseline that allows us to stay on top of any oral health changes.
We take your safety and comfort very serious at Clark Dental Studio, and we encourage you to talk to us about your concerns. Please call us with any questions you have about the safety of our digital x-rays.