November 8 is National X-ray Day. Dentists all over Alaska are celebrating the holiday by educating their patients about the technology and how it keeps their smile healthy. Learn more below about how the practice started, as well as the advantages of having them during your dental care exams.
History of Dental X-Rays
While medical X-rays debuted in 1895, the first dental X-ray was performed by German physician Otto Walkhoff and his research partner Fritz Geisel in 1896. Geisel took a radiograph of Walkhoff’s molars, which successfully developed into a photo after a 25-minute exposure. Their findings helped stimulate the worldwide spread of radiograph technology.
As film and imaging continued to evolve, X-rays became easier, safer, and more affordable to complete. They were part of routine dental appointments in the mid-20th century and are now considered an essential component in preventative oral care. They are also critical to the diagnosis of injury and disease.
Benefits of X-Rays for Oral Health
While your dentist can tell a lot about your oral health by looking at your teeth and gums, X-rays help them find out what’s going on underneath the surface. They allow your doctor to find cavities that are undetectable to the naked eye. They also reveal impacted teeth. In addition to showing bone damage, they can diagnose tooth abscesses and jaw fractures.
X-rays assist with creating treatment plans for tooth extractions, orthodontics, and gum disease. Low doses of radiation can penetrate through ceramic restorations and metal fillings but do not cause any harm to the human body. Just a few minutes behind an X-ray machine will help to prevent you from suffering from severe tooth and gum conditions.
You can expect to receive routine X-rays at your biannual teeth cleanings. You may also get them if your doctor suspects a problem. Chris L Hudson DDS of Soldotna, AK, has the latest in X-ray technology, which is just one of the ways he is committed to providing you and your family with the most convenient, comfortable, and dental care services. To make an appointment with the dentist, call (907) 262-5454. For information about his preventative and restorative dentistry services, visit his website.