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

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Your dentist would advise you on the need for x-rays.

Answered Jun 9, 2012

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Dr. Leo Morton answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

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.

Answered Apr 19, 2013

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

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.

Answered Jul 3, 2013

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