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12May2014

How Many Dental X-Rays Do Your Kids Need?

ALTHOUGH FEBRUARY IS National Children’s Dental Health Month, any month is the perfect time to take your kids to the dentist for one of their regular visits. But before you do, at Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Olga encourages you to be knowledgeable about how often your child should have dental X-rays.

It’s important to mention that here at Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we use the most advanced dental technology possible as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques is key to best dental care. Because our practice is dedicated to providing your child with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.

What Are The Purpose Of Dental X-rays?

The purpose of X-rays is to allow dentists to see signs of disease or potential problems that are not visible to the naked eye. They are should be suggested after the dentist has done a clinical exam and considered any signs and symptoms, oral and medical history, diet, hygiene, fluoride use and other factors that might suggest a higher risk of hidden dental disease.

We Take Precautions To Protect Your Child

All X-rays use ionizing radiation that can potentially cause damage. Because we care about your child’s entire body’s health and well-being, we believe that reducing the amount of radiation exposure is extremely important. Although the amount of radiation used in dental X-rays is very small, the effect is cumulative, so all radiation counts. Digital X-rays can reduce your child’s exposure to radiation by up to 80%!

X-rays are an important tool to diagnose dental diseases. However, they do not need to be part of every exam. As a general rule, children at low risk for tooth decay and gum disease need X-rays less frequently.

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