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At Gosford Family Dentist, X-rays are an important part of our holistic approach to dental care. Below are some of the most common X-ray questions we receive.
Why Are X-Rays Used?
Dental X-rays provide us valuable diagnostic information about your dental health. They help to detect any problems not visible to the naked eye.
How Frequently Should X-Rays Be Taken?
At your first visit to Gosford Family Dentist, we review your medical and dental history and conduct a thorough examination. This helps us determine if you need an X-ray. In healthy individuals, we recommend an X-ray every two years.
Patients with frequent dental problems may need X-rays more often. If you’ve had dental X-rays taken by your previous dentist within the past two years, copies may be requested with your consent to get a clear picture of your dental health history.
Are X-Rays Safe?
Yes, they are safe. The most common patient concern regarding X-rays is the level of radiation exposure. In actuality, dental X-rays expose the patient to an extremely low level of radiation.
This level can be compared to the same amount of radiation anyone would encounter naturally over a few days.
Are X-Rays Safe for Pregnant Women?
Yes. There are measures we take to keep both mother and baby safe.
If an X-ray is required for a pregnant woman, a leaded apron is used to ensure that mother and baby are shielded from too much radiation exposure.
An untreated dental infection can often pose a threat to an unborn child, and an X-ray is necessary to determine the best treatment.
What if I’m Trying to Get Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
X-rays are completely safe for women trying to get pregnant or those who are breastfeeding. The X-rays do not need to be postponed under these circumstances. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding X-rays and how they relate to your safety, we encourage you to let us know.
Contact us now to schedule your next check up.
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Gosford Family Dentist Accreditation
Gosford Family Dentist has been awarded a Quality Innovation Performance accreditation from one of Australia’s premier healthcare accreditation organisations for dental practices.
Achieving this independent accreditation means that we have policies and procedures in place that meet the requirements of governing industry standards. Additionally, we are recognised for our commitment to providing our patients with professional, safe, and quality oral care.
To find out more about our accreditation visit the QIP website www.qip.com.au.