IF YOU COULD HAVE
any superpower, what would it be? Would you choose super strength? How
about the power of flight? Maybe you’d like the ability to see through
solid objects! Although super strength and flight may not come too easily,
you don’t have to search far for x-ray vision (in a manner of speaking)!
Today, we want to share with you a little bit about x-rays and how we use
them in our practice to spot troublesome cavities and other issues before
they have a larger effect on your smile!
X-Rays Were Discovered By Accident!
X-rays were first observed in in 1895 by German physicist
Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923). Roentgen accidentally made this discovery while conducting
an experiment testing whether
cathode rays would pass through glass. After covering the glass cathode tubes he was
using for his experiment, he noticed a glow coming from a nearby chemically
coated screen. He was unsure what rays were causing the glow so he dubbed
them “X-rays” for the time-being, and the name stuck!
Roentgen is also credited with discovering the medical use of X-rays. The
first photograph of a human body part using X-rays is actually his wife’s hand!
Dental X-Rays Help Spot Problems Early
X-rays have become an incredibly valuable tool in modern medicine—especially
for dentistry! We learn a lot from visually examining your teeth, but
not everything is visible to the naked eye during a routine dental exam.
Dental X-rays allow us to detect and diagnose tooth decay between teeth,
on hard-to-reach surfaces, and under existing dental work. X-rays can
even be helpful in identifying dental and orthodontic issues that exist
beneath the gum line—something that was impossible without invasive procedures before
X-rays became widely available.
We Have Your Safety In Mind
Both traditional and digital X-ray exams are safe. Though low levels of
radiation are used to capture the X-ray images, each technique is designed
to limit the body’s exposure to radiation. A leaded apron and thyroid
collar are often used to minimize exposure to the abdomen and throat during
an examination. These protective measures are helpful for everyone, but
especially recommended for women of childbearing age, those who are pregnant,
If you are pregnant and in need of dental X-rays, be sure to tell your
dentist. They will be sure to use the leaded apron and thyroid collar
during your exam to protect you and your fetus from any radiation. Dental
X-rays do not need to be delayed if you’re breastfeeding or trying
to become pregnant, but talk to your dentist if you have any questions
Prevention Is The Key To Healthy Smiles
We want to keep your mouth as healthy as possible and preserve your beautiful
smile. That’s why it’s essential that we discover and diagnose
the earliest sign of a problem. X-rays are an essential tool in helping
spot these problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. If you have any
questions about dental X-rays, please let us know! We’d love to
speak with you about this or any other questions you may have.
Our patients brighten our day!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional
medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified
health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.