What are dental X-rays for? Is X-ray safe?

Radiographic examination (X-ray) is an essential part of dental diagnostic process. In addition to detecting cavities and periodontal disease, X-rays for children are necessary to diagnose any problem associated with growth and development of the teeth and jaw. X-rays are also useful for planning orthodontic treatment and evaluating dental injuries. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is less uncomfortable for your child and more affordable for you.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bitewings (cavity checking X-rays) for children and adolescents every 6-12 months.

Dental X-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Radiation exposure from digital x-ray is very minimum, only a fraction of the conventional x-ray.