This lessened radiation exposure was developed under the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable). Digital X-rays were developed to minimize the use of radiation as much as possible while still providing the vital diagnostic tool. This lessened radiation exposure is not only good for patients’ health but is also good for the environment as it creates less radioactive waste. This reduction of material also is a cost-saving measure that has made digital X-rays a wise investment for medical practices as although the initial investment cost is high, the saved materials over time quickly pay off the cost of the modern equipment. Some practices will offer both services and it is recommended that you ask your doctor or dentist which form of X-rays they provide and ensure you are receiving the digital X-ray, which will usually be the default as it costs less money per procedure and has health benefits.
Parents should take their children to receive oral checkups once every six months or as needed, depending on the child’s oral health and cleaning habits as well as their diet. Regularly receiving oral X-rays will help the dentists at Kids Choice Dental give better preventative care for your child, picking up problem conditions before they develop into conditions that require more invasive procedures as well as being less harmful on the parent’s wallet.
One more major benefit to using digital X-rays along with regular checkups is that this creates a database of images which, through software, can highlight changes over time, creating powerful predictive tools. These tools can help Kids Choice Dental track if the child may need braces for proper tooth alignment. These differences over time can also be used to follow the progress of braces with precise detail to create a perfect set of well-aligned teeth with minimal stress to the patient.
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