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A 36-year-old member asked:

How would know if my child needs dental x-rays?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Dentist: Your dentist would advise you on the need for x-rays.
Dr. Leo Morton
Pediatric Dentistry 43 years experience
Individually based : That would depend on the age of the child, whether and when any images had been taken before, history of problems with the teeth or any clinically observed needs. Without dental images areas of decay, pathology or extra or missing teeth could not be diagnosed. X ray hygiene is very important in the dental office.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Ask the dentist: Children's dental x-rays are taken to asses tooth, jaw, and skull development. They are also taken to clarify a developmental or disease process. 1 day up in the mountains skiing, or 2 days on the beach, is less radiation than a full mouth series of 14-20 films. Your dentist will do everything possible to minimize x-ray exposure, but the films are necessary to visualize hidden areas.

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