Since every child is unique, the need for dental X-ray films varies from child to child. Films are taken only after a complete review of your child’s health, and only when they are likely to yield information that a visual exam cannot.
This picture is a perfect example of why X-rays are important.
At first glance, the teeth in the photo on the left, look fine. But when you look at the radiograph on the right you can see an interproximal cavity in-between the teeth. This space between teeth can only be cleaned with dental floss because your toothbrush cannot reach in between the teeth when they are touching.
Our office uses digital X-ray technology that reduces your child’s exposure to radiation by as much as 90% and it eliminates the use of chemicals for development. It’s better for your child and the environment.
In general, children need X-rays more often than adults. Their mouths grow and change rapidly and are more susceptible to tooth decay than adults. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends X-ray examinations every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. Children with a low risk of tooth decay require X-rays less frequently.
X-rays detect more than just cavities, they allow us to diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during clinical examinations. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable and affordable.