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Sometimes the dentist will not be able to detect tooth decay until after taking an X-ray of your mouth. This miracle of modern dentistry helps to diagnose dental problems that are not immediately seen with a regular oral exam.

The frequency at which X-rays are used varies from patient to patient depending on several factors including age, health risks, or the prevalence of signs or symptoms. Kids will normally receive more frequent X-rays due to their constant growth and development. Once your dentist has reviewed your past history and performed an examination, he will decide if you should be given an X-ray.

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.

Because dental X-rays only use a very low level of radiation exposure to be utilized, they are very safe. The risk of any detrimental effects is minuscule. Still, all reasonable precautions are taken to reduce any potential problems. 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.

If you have questions or concerns about radiation from a dental X-ray, call Dr. Joel R. Bingham for more information. Please contact Premier Dental Care to make an appointment at: 208-466-6161 , or come by our office in Nampa, Idaho.