It’s important to understand the factors that can influence how often you need dental X-rays. Most people find that they only need to undergo a dental exam once every twelve months, but there are some circumstances where you might need them more frequently. 

A Maryville dentist can help you determine when you need to have these X-rays taken. Certain factors can influence the frequency of your dental X-rays. 

Here are some of the things that may affect your need for these X-rays.

  • Age

The need for dental X-rays is age dependent. If you are younger than thirty-five, you can generally get away with not having these taken annually. But if you are over thirty-five, you may eventually need them more frequently. Likewise, people over 60 might need them more often than those under 60. 

Children also might need dental X-rays frequently for early detection of dental caries. Dental X-rays also help monitor jaw development in children. This can help keep them from developing dental problems later in life. 

  • The status of your current oral health

If you have had dental X-rays in the past and they are clear, you might be able to go longer between your dental exams. However, if you have had recent dental problems, then you may need to have them more often than usual. 

  • Any symptoms of oral disease that need to be closely monitored

If you have any symptoms of oral diseases, such as bleeding gums, sore mouth, stomatitis, or swelling in the face or tongue, then you will need dental X-rays more often than usual. Likewise, if you have a family history of dental problems, then you should be careful about going too long without getting another X-ray. 

  • A history of gum disease

Your risk for gum disease increases with aging. If you have had a history of gum disease in the past, then you will need to have your gums checked regularly. Dental X-rays can help prevent the problem from becoming worse. 

  • Recent dental work

A recent dental procedure or a previous dental injury can cause you to have more frequent dental X-rays. If you have had a root canal or any other type of dental work done, then you should get them more often than usual. For example, if you start to feel pain in your jaw after getting dental work done, it could be a sign that there is something wrong with your teeth, and a dental X-ray might be required.