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During your annual 6-month visit with Dr. Mark L. Pitel at Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC in Poughkeepsie, New York, you’ll have an X-ray taken of your teeth. While it may be obvious that an X-ray is a great tool to help your dentist spot cavities that may escape the naked eye, there are other benefits to getting a dental X-ray. Let’s look at what those are.

Spot infections

If your oral health isn’t quite up to par it’s possible that your teeth, or even your jawbone, can quickly become infected. If this happens, spotting the infection as soon as possible is the best way to ensure that it’ll be treated before causing any serious damage to your oral health.

Current fillings

If you have any fillings currently from previous cavities, an X-ray will also help reveal the integrity of those fillings and whether or not there’s any small areas of decay around or beneath those fillings. This helps both in making sure that your tooth keeps functioning properly, and to make sure they don’t become infected from bacteria that can slide in around loose fillings.

While this isn’t everything a dental X-ray can do, it gives you a better idea for why they’re performed and the different ways in which your dentist can put them to use.

If you need to schedule a cleaning or have any more questions, call us today at 845-454-0790.