Orange County Digital Radiography

At Orange County Children’s Dentistry, we understand the importance of minimizing the amount of radiation to every child. For this reason, we evaluate the need of each child’s individual risk and take radiographs, commonly known as x-rays, based on the following criteria:

  • Dental caries (cavities) risk
  • Inability to visualize all sides of the teeth
  • Teeth are touching
  • Growth/Development
  • Visualize the formation of adult teeth in the jaw
  • Detect missing or extra adult teeth
  • Pathology
  • Detect periodontal (gum) disease
  • Confirm abscesses
  • Detect abnormal growths (i.e. tumors, cysts etc.)
  • Evaluate extent of injury when trauma occurs to the mouth

X-rays are an important diagnostic tool for every dentist and can help detect decay, infection, bone loss and even periodontal gum disease. We want to ensure that if your child has any oral health disease or problems, they are detected early for early intervention. This will ensure your child receives the treatment they need in a timely manner and set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Certain conditions such as gum disease can only be reversed in early stages, making early gum disease treatment extremely important.

The frequency and quantity of x-rays that need to be taken will vary from child to child. However, you can rest assured that Dr. Ruiz always takes the conservative approach when imaging your child. To ensure that your child receives the least amount of exposure, we also provide the following:

  • A leaded shield over the body
  • A thyroid collar over the neck
  • A collimator, which is a long tube that extends from the x-ray machine that limits the size and shape of the x-ray beam reaching your child
  • The fastest type of film to ensure the shortest exposure time

detect early oral disease for
early intervention

The least amount of exposure
to your child

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