Simple: we can’t fix a problem that we don’t know exists! That’s why Smile Builders recommend having regularly scheduled x-rays. X-rays are invaluable in detecting problems that simply can’t be seen by a visible exam alone. Finding these problems when they’re small helps prevent decay from causing serious damage.
These are those butterfly-looking things the dentist has you bite on. Bitewing x-rays show the in-between areas of the back teeth, giving us a good picture of what’s taking place in those areas we can’t see with the naked eye.
Panoramic x-rays aren’t meant to detect decay: rather, they’re taken 4 times during childhood development to detect abnormalities of the developing teeth, jaws, sinuses and jaw joints which can include tumors, cysts, impacted, misplaced and missing teeth. These x-rays provide the diagnostics necessary to help maintain a healthy mouth and body. Panoramic x-rays should be taken at ages 7, 10, or 13 OR before braces (if necessary), and again at 16 or 17 to evaluate wisdom teeth. The team at Smile Builders will remind you when it’s time for your child’s panoramic x-ray.
Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend having x-rays taken twice each year in a child with a high decay rate. Smile Builders agrees completely: we take x-rays twice per year for children who have a history of decay and once a yr for children who are cavity free. These x-rays are taken at their 6 month hygiene visit The more we know, the healthier they grow!