To begin, we will ask you and your child if you have any concerns or questions. These concerns will be addressed as we perform an oral exam. We will then proceed with cleaning his or her teeth to remove plaque and tartar.
We do feel x-rays are an important part of diagnosing problems that we can’t visually see. Undiagnosed cavities in children can grow dramatically quickly, leading to more extensive problems and treatment needs. When we spot small cavities early on x-rays we are often times able to implement strategies to keep the cavities from going and requiring treatment.
We follow the Image Gently philosophy of limiting kids’ exposure to x-rays. We do not take x-rays on children without first assessing the need for x-rays.