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As a parent of three small children, I take the process of dental x-rays very seriously and do all I can to lessen the number of x-rays that I take. We do not have a set time of when we take certain x-rays since every child is different and therefore the need to have x-rays taken is different. I use the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and use such things as past cavity history and growth as a factor.

With that being said, dental x-rays can be a very important tool to identifying cavities while they are still in a small stage so pain and dental extractions can be avoided.

The types of x-rays we take are as follows:

Bitewing radiographs are necessary for: (taken approx. every 6 to 18 months)
● Detection of decay between posterior (back) teeth, which is extremely common in
children as young as 3 years of age

● Evaluation of bone height around the teeth which determines the presence of gum disease

● Evaluation of decay around old fillings, crowns, or other restorations

Occlusal radiographs are necessary for: (taken approx. every 6 to 24 months)
● Detection of decay anterior (front) teeth

● Identifying extra teeth

● Root pathology of anterior teeth

● Identifying missing teeth

Panoramic radiograghs are necessary for: (taken approx. every 3-5 years)
● Identifying oral pathology

● Identifying extra and missing teeth

● Examining oral facial bones

Because I feel so strongly about the need to use dental x-rays when indicated, but also limit the exposure that our patients receive, we only use digital radiographs which have been proven to use 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays.

Thank you,

Jason Bongiovi
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