Are Dental X-Rays Necessary for Children

dental-x-ray-tmagArticleAmerican Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Paul Casamassimo was recently featured in The New York Times…..

Are Dental X-Rays Necessary for Children?

According to the article:

“Cavities between teeth are best caught early. If you wait until you can see it without an X-ray, “that tooth is in big trouble,” possibly requiring a root canal or extraction, Dr. Casamassimo said.

However, he thinks beginning cavities are different than full-blown holes in teeth. If a patient with an early cavity on a previous visit is now regularly brushing, flossing and limiting snacking, an X-ray may be useful to confirm decay is not progressing, but not “every six months” on an ongoing basis, he said, adding: “The kid is getting irradiated, and the decay isn’t getting worse.”

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