Exploring Dental Tool Improvements

Hi, it's Mia Armonde here to talk to you about family dentistry. As my small family grew into a large one, I found myself at the dental office on a regular basis. Every six months, the kids would go into the dentist for a cleaning or repairs to their teeth. During that time, I took an interest in the various ways the dental tools were evolving. Tools used in the dental industry have grown in leaps and bounds in the last few decades. For example, my kids went from hearing the dental drill to wearing headphones that completely canceled out the sound. Each time we go back into the dentist, I take a close look at the improvements that have arisen since the last visit. The results are astounding. I will cover my findings on this site, so you can also enjoy the improvements to dental tools and techniques.

Dental X-Rays: Everything You Need To Know Before Your Appointment

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It's never a good idea to take X-rays casually. Many don't think too much about a dental X-ray until the dentist mentions having one, though. Read on and find out the important facts about dental X-rays.

Too Much Radiation Can Be Harmful

Radiation exposure is a given when you have an X-ray. However, you are exposed to radiation in many other ways, and you may never even think about it. For example, radiation exposure is common when you take an airplane ride, walk through a sunny parking lot on the way into the grocery store, and more. We all know that too much of anything can be bad and that goes for X-rays too. Patients who need X-rays must weigh the harm against how helpful an X-ray can be. Your dentist can only see so much when they peer into your mouth. They need to look below and between your teeth to diagnose issues like cavities, bone loss, infections, and more.

Dental X-rays Are Safe

Most dental X-rays produce far less radiation than a typical chest X-ray or a mammogram. Some dentists utilize new digital X-rays that produce even less radiation and provide a better image of your mouth. The benefits of dental X-rays far outweigh the risk for most people. If you have had many more X-rays than normal in your lifetime, speak to your dentist and learn how little a dental X-ray can add to that accumulated lifetime amount.

Why Would A Dental X-ray Be Needed?

You can trust your dentist to only order an X-ray when necessary. In most cases, that includes these instances:

  • When it's been a while since your last X-ray. Nowadays, dental X-rays may only be necessary every few years or so. Speak to your dentist about how often they suggest therapeutic x-rays. These are the ones routinely taken when you come in for an exam.
  • On the other hand, diagnostic X-rays may be called for as preparation for a dental procedure. A root canal, for instance, or preparation for dental implants may call for a diagnostic X-ray.

The next time you are worried about a dental X-ray, notice that the person performing the X-ray has a special badge that indicates radiation exposure. You can take that as a sign that your dentist is careful about any leakage from the device. For more information on family dental care, contact a professional or a company near you.


16 August 2022