Dental x-rays are essential because dentists can't treat what they can't see. It's common for cavities to develop inside or between teeth, areas that a dentist can't see when performing a visual exam. If you visit our Maple Ridge dental clinic because you have a toothache, our dentists would recommend an x-ray to pinpoint its location so they can treat it—this is called a diagnostic x-ray.
However, since everyone is unique, the need, frequency, and even type of dental x-rays can be different for each person. For example, if your mouth is healthy and you are at low risk for cavities and gum disease, you may only need therapeutic x-rays taken every two to three years. Children generally require more frequent x-rays due to their growth and increased susceptibility to cavities.
Dental x-rays are considered safe because the risk of undetected dental problems is more significant than any risks associated with taking them. At Meadow Ridge Dental Centre, we care about our patients' safety and take precautions to minimize radiation exposure for patients of all ages.
One way to reduce the need for dental x-rays is to maintain excellent oral health; this includes brushing twice a day, flossing once, and visiting our Maple Ridge dental clinic every six months for teeth cleanings and exams.
If you and your family are due for your next dental exams, please call Meadow Ridge Dental Centre to schedule a convenient appointment. Our dentists will be happy to answer all your questions about the frequency of dental x-rays and the steps we take to ensure your comfort and safety.