X-rays (dental radiographs) are integral in providing quality dental care for your child.  It’s important for you to know, however, that Dr. Thom does not recommend x-rays at the same frequency for every child.  The decision to take x-rays is made specifically for each child and takes into account the child’s dental history, the child’s age, the child’s stage of dental and skeletal development, as well as many other factors.  Some children with a history of cavities may need cavity detecting x-rays at 6 month intervals until there are no new cavities detected.  Other children who are older and who don’t have a history of cavities may have X-rays taken every 18 or 24 months.  Again, the decision to take x-rays is made on an individual basis and is customized to each child’s needs.  It’s also important to know that X-rays are an integral part of doing good dentistry.