Ross A. Hildebrand, D.D.S
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Taking X-rays seriously
We do believe the judicious use of dental x-rays is in our patients' best interests. And you deserve to know why.
X-rays aren't just another part of our office routine. We rely, first and foremost, on a clinical examination-that is, we look inside your mouth. Then we ask ourselves, what information do we expect to find with X-rays that will benefit this patient? If there is no good answer, we won't recommend X-rays.
X-rays: What you should know
- New X-ray equipment reduces the size of the beam, and eliminates "scatter"-photons bouncing around the room.
- Fast film requires much less exposure time.
- Lead aprons are almost 100% effective against exposing other arts of your body to radiation.
- We monitor our equipment faithfully to keep timers precise, everything up to snuff.
We work with X-rays every day-they are our "eyes." There would be a very different kind of dentistry without them.
As a consumer, you can protect yourself, too!
Feel free to ask us why you need an X-ray. Don't insist on it just because "it's time." Let us know when you are having X-rays for medical reasons. If you move, or we refer you to a specialist, ask for your X-rays to be sent to your new doctor.
Don't Forget to Floss!
Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria can hid between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line.
Visit Our Office Regularly!
Take good care of your smile. Remember to visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Mouthwash Is Important, Too!
Brushing and flossing may not be enough. The ADA now recommends using an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis.