Why does my child need dental x-rays?

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Your dentist may need new x-ray images to see decay, assess gum disease, or evaluate growth and development. This is important for children since their teeth are changing and their bones are growing. In addition to helping diagnose tooth decay, x-ray images in children can help the dentist chart the progress of this growth and development and see if permanent teeth will come in normally. As in adults, x-ray images in children should be taken only after a dentist has examined the child and determined that they are necessary.

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