Radiographs, also known as x-rays, are a valuable diagnostic tool that helps provide your dentist with a more complete picture of your overall dental health. X-rays look below the surface and can visualize tooth placement, root health, bone formation and density, and areas of decay between teeth. Dentists recommend periodic x-ray screenings to evaluate for any changes and potential issues like infection, fractures, bone loss, and developmental abnormalities. Radiation from dental xrays is minimal and the benefits far outweigh the risk. Having more information about your current dental health, allows you to make more informed decisions about your dental care.