Are x-rays necessary?
X-rays are a vital and necessary part of your child's dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed because they cannot be seen during visual examination. X-rays not only detect cavities, but they are also used to evaluate injury, to track the progress of dental development or plan for orthodontic treatment. Dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you if dental problems are found and treated early.
With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation in a dental x-ray examination is extremely small. In fact, the x-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected dental problem. The equipment used today restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest and filters out unnecessary x-rays. High-speed film and lead aprons assure that your child receives minimal amount of radiation exposure.