FAQ: About Check-ups
Q: Why should I have a check-up? I have no problems with my teeth.
Although you may not be experiencing any problems at the moment, during a check-up the dentist may find early signs of potential problems and, if necessary, discuss appropriate preventative actions. It is recommended that check-ups are performed once every six months. Having your teeth professionally cleaned (at least once a year) helps prevent gum disease and bad breath.
Remember, it is best to maintain good oral health than fix problems later when it becomes unavoidable (and considerably more expensive).
Q: Why should I have X-rays taken of my teeth?
During a check-up, the dentist is only able to see the outside of the teeth and gums. X-rays are taken to see through the teeth and bones to be sure that there are no problems. X-rays are usually recommended at least every 2 years.
Q: How much radiation will I get from X-rays?
The total radiation from two X-rays once every 2 years is less than the total background radiation we receive from doing our normal day to day activities in one week.
At Care For Smiles we have chosen to use a digital imaging x-ray system. Digital imaging x-ray systems emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. Digital x-ray imaging also avoids the use and disposal of chemicals and therefore reduces our environmental impact. The images are stored electronically.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on the FAQ pages is of a general nature and is not a substitute for professional dental or medical advice or treatment. Care For Smiles does not assume responsibility for persons substituting this advice for professional medical or dental advice. Please consult your registered health provider for advice regarding your specific conditions. If you are having a medical emergency you should contact your nearest emergency care centre.