Digital x-rays allow the doctor to get a view of your child’s teeth and jaws that she can’t see with her eyes. They help diagnose cavities between your child’s teeth at an early stage often before the cavity breaks the tooth. When caught early, cavities can be treated much more easily, sometimes even with a few small changes to your home brushing and flossing routines (homecare).
In addition to detecting cavities, x-rays can detect un-erupted teeth, help diagnoses after trauma, and evaluate growth and development, including potential orthodontic needs. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends x-rays every six months to help detect cavities that can’t be seen by the naked eye, but the frequency is often less depending on your child’s risk for cavities. The amount of radiation by using digital x-rays is very minimal. Moreover, our team uses the utmost caution in protecting and minimizing your child’s exposure to radiation by using lead aprons and up-to-date equipment.