Oral exams & Cleanings

1) Dental X­rays

Dental radiographs (x­rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not
visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately
detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x­rays, problem areas may
go undetected. Dr. Yousaf provides dental x-rays for the residents of Stafford, Quantico Base, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Garrisonville, and Roseville, VA.

Dental x­rays may reveal:
Abscesses or cysts.
Bone loss.
Cancerous and non­cancerous tumors.
Decay between the teeth.
Developmental abnormalities.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort,
and your teeth!

Are dental x­rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth
series of x­rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.
Dental x­rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dentists take necessary precautions to
limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x­rays. These precautions include using lead apron
shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x­ray.

How often should dental x­rays be taken?
The need for dental x­rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental
hygienist will recommend necessary x­rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam,
signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.
A full mouth series of dental x­rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five
years. Bite­wing x­rays (x­rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check­up) visits and are
recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.