In general, children need x-rays more often than adults.  Their mouths grow and change rapidly, and they are more susceptible to tooth decay than adults.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends x-ray examinations every six months to detect cavities developing between the teeth.  However, the needs and tooth development of each child are different and may necessitate different frequencies for x-rays.

How often should a child have dental x-ray films?

What are the benefits of Digital X-rays for Kids?

Digital X-Rays

  • Less radiation than traditional x-rays
  • Decreased time spent in obtaining x-rays
  • Smaller and more comfortable intra-oral sensor (film)
  • X-rays are digitized (high definition) and therefore can be enhanced, magnified and transmitted electronically
  • Provide a better chance of obtaining x-rays at an earlier age to prevent/diagnose cavities

Digital X-raysare performed quickly and safely by a licensed pediatric dentist or technician to minimize radiation exposure. The amount of radiation delivered by contemporary equipment is extremely small.  Depending on the child’s age, he/she can sit alone or on his/her parent’s lap.  Digital x-rays require substantially less radiation than traditional x-rays and soft lead vests protect even further from radiation.  The intra-oral sensors are smaller and rounded in comparison to the traditional films, thereby improving patient comfort.   Furthermore, the sensors are directly connected to the computer by a fiber optic wire that allows the x-ray image to be captured immediately.  The entire process is non-invasive, painless, and generally very quick.

  • Detect cavities in between the teeth
  • Survey unerupted teeth
  • Diagnose bone diseases
  • Evaluate and follow up on traumatic injuries
  • Diagnose conditions (infections, periodontal issues) undetected in a clinical exam

Why should X-rays be taken?