X-rays are a crucial component of your child’s dental health management. They are a quick, simple, and effective way of detecting erupting teeth or bone diseases, and they provide an accurate picture when evaluating the results of an injury or planning orthodontic treatment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends x-rays once a year for most children, and every six months for those who have shown a propensity for tooth decay. Pediatric dentists are very careful to minimize a patient’s exposure to radiation during these x-rays, using lead body aprons and highly focused equipment. The risk of having a severe dental problem greatly outweighs the risk that your child will receive any type of radiation damage from an x-ray.