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Regular x-rays (radiographs) are very important because while your dentist can detect some types of tooth decay simply by looking into a patient’s mouth, not all decay is visible during a routine oral examination. X-ray images can reveal areas of decay inside the tooth and below the gum line. But x-rays taken regularly, by your dentist can monitor the condition of your teeth in order to detect any changes and track their progression over a period of time. These images provide invaluable information to dental practitioners and are an essential part of your oral exam.