The Reasons Behind Getting Dental X-Rays

Getting x-rays at the dentist may not be your favorite thing, but this insightful infographic from helps outline the importance behind them. Although both intraoral and extraoral x-rays show the teeth, their focuses differ from the general health of your teeth (intraoral) to your jaw and skull (extraoral). Nonetheless, these x-rays allow for the dentist to do their job and check for decay, cavities, and disease that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Infographic courtesy of:

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Why not include a funny picture relevant to dental x-rays? Here you go!

Image courtesy: Levenson Smile

Image courtesy of: Levenson Smile


Filed under Dental Tips, dentistry, News, Oral health, Teeth

7 responses to “The Reasons Behind Getting Dental X-Rays

  1. I didn’t know how important x-rays were to dentists. I think it’s interesting how bone loss is associated with gum disease. When I’m at the dentist next, I’ll be asking for a full set of x-rays for my teeth. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I did not know that Xrays could show tooth decay. Growing up I would get Xrays to look for cavities every cleaning. Now, when I go to the dentist I get asked if I would like an Xray scan. This is interesting to me because I always thought it was part of the process. Now, it seems more optional than anything else. Thanks for the great ideas.

  3. I honestly didn’t realize that dentists use x-rays to check for so many different things. Looking for tooth decay always made sense, but I didn’t know that they also look for bone loss and infections. It’s kind of neat that they can find all of those things just from looking at your x-ray!

  4. Absolutely! It is really interesting to me to learn about the reasons behind X-rays for teeth. Learning about why it is important really helps keep me motivated to ask for X-rays. I want to have healthy teeth. Great information.

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