Does my child need Dental Radiographs (X-Rays)?
Radiographs (X-Rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental
diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will
Radiographs detect much more than cavities. For example, radiographs may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. Radiographs allow Dr. Kilby to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends radiographs and examinations every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. On average, most Dentists request radiographs approximately once a year. Approximately every 3 to 5 years it is a good idea to obtain a complete set of radiographs, either a panoramic and bitewings. Dr. Kilby is particularly careful to minimize the exposure of his patients to radiation. Lead body aprons and shields will be used to protect your child. Our office uses digital x-ray technology reducing your child’s radiation exposure up to 90% and completely eliminates the use of chemicals. It’s better for kids. It’s better for the environment!