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.
Why should X-rays be taken?
What are the benefits of Digital X-rays for Kids?
How often should a child have dental x-ray films?
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.
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