Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, are diagnostic tools used by dentists to assess oral health conditions that are not visible during a regular dental exam. The purpose of dental X-rays is to detect and diagnose dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, oral infections, and impacted teeth. Typically, adults may need X-rays every 1-2 years, while children and teenagers may require them more frequently. Dental X-rays are necessary because they allow dentists to detect dental problems early, which can prevent the need for more extensive and costly treatments later on. X-rays help Dr. Anthony Brucci develop a comprehensive treatment plan for his patients and monitor the effectiveness of ongoing dental treatments.