Dental X-rays allow us to detect cavities that may form between the teeth and cannot be seen with our eyes. But they also detect much more than just cavities, they allow us to observe the growth and development of your child, aid in the surveying of unerupted teeth, or plan for orthodontic treatment. They also aid in the diagnoses of less common situations such as bone disease and evaluate the results of an injury your child may have experienced. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. Without them, we are unable to guarantee the exact current or future condition of your child’s teeth, as well as, monitor growth and development.
In general, children need X-rays more often than adults. Their mouths grow and change rapidly. Their teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay than adults because the enamel is thinner on primary teeth then permanent. For high caries risk patients, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends X-rays every six months to one year. Children with a low risk of tooth decay may require X-rays less frequently such as once every year. We always preform a Caries Risk Assessment during every hygiene appointment and can identify risk factors that may increase your child’s risk for developing cavities.