There is a lot going on in your mouth, even when it is squeaky clean. There are things you can see, and things you cannot see. Dental X-rays, or radiographs as they are sometimes called, give your dentist the inside information on what is happening below the surface of your teeth and gums.
A new patient recently confided that she had postponed a dental visit for years because of a very uncomfortable gagging response. She is not alone. Patients who experience the sensation of choking during dental treatments tend to avoid regular dental exams. The problem is that they risk becoming more susceptible to tooth decay and other serious problems.
In my dental practice, I encourage parents to learn as much as they can about the dental procedures we use on our youngest patients. A common concern is about dental x-rays – what are the different kinds; how do they work; are they safe; how often should children be exposed? From the American Dental Association, here are some of the answers to parent questions about dental x-rays for children.