Although debated for its effect, dental x-rays are essential to all dentists. Without dental x-rays, the dentist won’t be able to fully see and analyze the situation of one’s teeth.
The amount of radiation is the primary concern for x-rays, however, with recent upgrade in the technology, it is safer to use nowadays. Well, it should be as it is the go-to tool for oral diagnosis/
Dentists require dental x-ray so they can plan how they are going to repair the patient’s teeth, one example is the braces.
Most dentist will also deny patients treatment without x-ray because they will be just guessing without it.
Now, how often should we do x-ray? The answer is that it differs from age. Children can do x-ray every six months up to 24 months while teenager and adults every six months up to three years between x-rays.