Due to the current state mandate, our office is temporarily closed from 03/18/2020 to 04/19/2020. While we have every intention to return April 20th, we are unsure if this date will stand. Please keep up with us on Facebook and via email for any updates. Thank you for your understanding and take care!
Bethlehem Town Family Dental

Why do dentists take so many x-rays ?

dentist glenmont ny X-Rays Detect Many Things

Dental X-rays are needed to detect dental decay (cavities), bone level, pathology, infections and status of existing dental work.  At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we have a system in place to determine what type and number of x-rays you may need at each recall appointment.  The system takes into account your risk for dental decay, periodontal disease, and other abnormalities and assigns a frequency for x-rays.  For example, if you are high risk for cavities, it means your chance of having a new cavity within 6 months is considerably high so we take a few x-rays every 6 months to screen for new cavities.  

New Patient Procedure

For new patients, we will determine the type and number of x-rays you need based on your current dental condition.  We do not just automatically take every single possible x-ray on every patient.  We follow the rule of A.L.A.R.A. (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) on radiation exposure very seriously.  

Your Safety is Our Concern

Rest assured, every x-ray taken in our office has a reason behind it and please feel free to ask us why.  Digital X-rays have come a long way and has truly minimized the amount of radiation used.  Please visit our "Digital X-rays" page to learn more.

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