h-xray2.jpgWe take digital radiographs in order to completely examine your child. Every child’s needs are different, so the frequency of X-rays will vary. Usually children need X-rays more often than adults because they are growing and their dental development is evolving. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should usually have radiographs taken every six months.

What will the radiographs tell you?

X-rays will help us analyze your child’s erupting teeth and detect any upcoming orthodontic problems. We also use radiographs to detect cavities, diagnose bone disease in the jaw and examine any injury or trauma.

How safe are dental X-rays?

We are especially careful when X-raying our pediatric patients. With contemporary safeguards, such as lead aprons and high-speed film, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. Our digital X-ray machine confines the radiation to the small area that we are X-raying and emits up to 80-90%less radiation than traditional X-ray machines! Even though there is very little risk, pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of child patients to radiation. In fact, dental X-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.

Have more questions about our x-ray process? Download Dr. Joshi's PDF on The Benefits of X-Rays to learn more!