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Having an X-ray taken at the dentist should not be a cause for alarm. Dentists order X-rays when they cannot verify suspected dental disease with a traditional oral examination. The X-ray is a modern miracle and a valuable tool for confirmation and diagnosis.

How often an X-ray is taken is dependent upon various factors relating to the patient. These variables include age, patient health risks, and the emergence of signs or symptoms of tooth decay or gum disease. Kids will normally receive more frequent X-rays due to their constant growth and development. The determination as to whether or not you will need an X-ray taken will be made after your dentist has thoroughly examined your teeth and gums, and studied your dental history.

Safety is always a concern when working with radiation. In the case of dental X-rays, such a low level of radiation is utilized that you shouldn’t worry about detrimental exposure. Also, every precaution is taken to minimize any potential risk factors. Lead vests, aprons and/or collars shield the abdomen and thyroid glands from unnecessary exposure. If pregnant, you should alert your dentist so that these items are in place to protect the fetus.

Are you moving or changing dentists? Once settled, be sure to ask your previous dentist to forward copies of your X-rays. This will save you and your new dentist time, money, and potentially avoid having to take new radiographs. Without any dental history, new patients must undergo a completely new round of X-rays in order to determine their current oral health state.

If you have questions or concerns about radiation from a dental X-ray, call Dr. Bryant Birch for more information. Please contact Birch Family Dental to make an appointment at: 307-875-3658, or come by our office in Green River, Wyoming.