What are X-rays?X-rays are invisible beams of energy that pass through the body to yield black and white images of teeth and bones. Why do we need to take X-rays? We need to take them in order to diagnose cavities between the teeth that cannot otherwise be detected, check for abnormalities in the bone, monitor growth and development patterns, and identify missing teeth, extra teeth, malpositioned teeth, or infections. We evaluate each patient individually and take radiographs only when we know it will affect patient care. We take into account age, date of the last radiographs, patient’s specific risk for dental decay, oral hygiene, diet, and any concerns such as trauma, pathology or infection. We strictly follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Guidelines. How are X-rays taken? We place a plastic computer sensor in the patient’s mouth. We will need your child to stay still for a few seconds to capture the image. We use lead aprons with collars and have state-of-the-art digital x-ray machines, both of which reduce radiation area and exposure. How much radiation is a dental x-ray? Each dental radiograph exposes your child to only 0.5 mrem of radiation. Below is a great schematic that puts it into perspective. Photo1 Radiation comparison At Smiles for Kids Pediatric Dentistry, our promise is to use as little radiation as possible while still gathering all the information we need to diagnose and treat your child safely and comprehensively.

Dr. Jadav Smiles for Kids Pediatric Dentistry