Your child’s oral health is our priority, and in order to achieve the best oral health possible for your children, fluoride treatments, the application of dental sealants, or regular X-rays may be necessary. Rest assured that we will discuss any necessary steps with you before initiating, so that you are always in the know when it comes to the oral health of your child.

How often should children have dental X-rays?

Every child is unique, and therefore their need for dental X-rays typically varies. We take X-rays after an initial dental exam and after reviewing your child’s dental and medical history.

X-rays give us more information than a visual examination is able to provide. In general, children need to have X-rays taken more often than adults, as their teeth, gums, and mouth undergo a lot of changes in a short amount of time. Children are also more prone to tooth decay. For children who have a higher risk of tooth decay, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends X-ray exams every 6 months.

Why should my child have X-rays done if they’ve never had a cavity?

X-rays detect much more than cavities, including helping us identify dental issues that may not be visible during a regular exam. X-rays allow us to take a look at erupting teeth, diagnose bone disease, plan for orthodontic treatment, or evaluate your child’s oral health after an injury or accident. Early detection of dental concerns allows for less invasive or extensive dental care.

Please see information regarding Digital X-rays on our Technology page.

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