Digital X-rays are an integral part of a comprehensive dental examination. While pediatric dentists are trained to closely monitor tooth development and notice early signs of infection, some problems are only revealed through in-depth digital X-rays. Dental X-rays are designed to:
- Detect the early stages of gum disease
- Pinpoint cavity development
- Locate impacted or missing teeth
- Spot oral tumors
- Test bone density
Identify dental trauma
How Often Will My Child Need Digital X-Rays?
Depending on a child’s dental health history, a digital X-ray may be ordered at each office checkup. However, as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests, X-rays should only be administered when necessary to minimize radiation exposure. Harbor Kids Dental in Aberdeen, and Olympia Washington, operates by this standard. In cases where digital X-rays are needed to detect and protect the child from more serious issues, pediatric patients will be fully protected with lead aprons and collars during X-rays. Due to these modern protective safeguards, the radiation levels emitted are extremely low, posing only a miniscule risk to your child. Still, we make sure the radioactive beam only reaches the target area, further limiting any potential risk involved.
Harbor Kids Dental is at the forefront of technology, always pursuing new developments in early detection technology for the ultimate safety and health of our patients. You can trust our team to only schedule digital X-rays when it’s unequivocally in your child’s best interests – we treat your child as our own. We will examine each individual’s oral health history, take into account their age, and assess their risk of disease before making the decision to execute digital X-rays.