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X-rays are vital to keeping your bright smile.

X-rays detect much more than cavities. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed. They may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical exams. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends X-rays and examinations every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. GoSmiles on average, requests X-rays approximately once a year. Approximately every 3 years, it is a good idea to obtain a complete set of X-rays, either a panoramic and bitewings or periapicals and bitewings.

We are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of their patients to radiation. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray exam is extremely small. In fact, a dental X-ray represents a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. High-speed film and proper shielding assure that your child receives a minimal amount of radiation exposure.