By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

What Are X-rays?
I may recommend that your child get mouth “X-rays”.  This fast and easy procedure involves placing a small piece of cardboard in the mouth, which your child will bite down on.  Usually, my dental assistant will help me with this.  My assistant will help your child bite down on the cardboard, and while your child is biting down, my assistant will turn on the big camera next to your child’s mouth.  I will take a picture using a strong light called “X-rays”.  This strong light lets the camera see inside of the mouth, looking past the cheeks.

The reason why I may do X-rays is to check for cavities or other problems that are not normally visible.[1]


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