The purpose of dental X-rays is to allow Dr. Vinton to see areas of your teeth that are not visible through a regular oral exam. X-rays can detect problems such as tooth decay, bone loss, and an abscess under the gum line. Many patients worry about the safety of dental X-rays, especially when we recommend them more than once a year. Fortunately, with today’s modern X-ray technology, your exposure to radiation is very small – and even smaller when digital X-rays are taken. At Soothing Dental, we take every precaution to ensure your safety when we take X-rays. And we never recommend X-rays when they are not necessary.