Why would you want a hygienist for your child’s dental cleaning?

September 8, 2015

Why would you want a hygienist for your child’s dental cleaning? A dental hygienist can clean and polish children’s teeth, take x-rays, look for disease and abnormalities, teach patients how to properly brush their teeth and apply treatments that aid in cavity prevention.

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Dental X-ray While Breastfeeding?

January 21, 2014

  True or false:  Dental radiographs are contraindicated if one is breast feeding. False… Dental radiographs have no negative effects on the mother or the mother’s milk. The same precautions should be taken as with any patients taking Xrays. (Protective apron, thyroid collar, etc.)

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X-Rays During Pregnancy?

  Is it ok to take radiographs (xrays) during pregnancy? When possible, dental Xrays should be delayed until after the pregnancy. If an xray is needed for a dental emergency, every precaution is taken to minimize

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Dental X-rays

November 9, 2013

We go above and beyond what is required to protect our children & the assistants from radiation exposure. Every employee that takes X rays, including Dr. Alvarez, is provided a radiation badge worn daily & tested monthly for any detectable radiation. In 10 years, we have NEVER had any detectable radiation exposure recorded on our […]

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Dental X-rays

November 8, 2013

The lead apron and thyroid shield help protect your child from direct radiation and absorb scatter radiation. We use positioning devices to reduce retakes and restrict the X ray beam to the area of interest. Digital X rays further assure that our children receive minimal amount of radiation exposure.

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Dental X-rays

November 7, 2013

Radiation has a cumulative effect & children are more susceptible than adults to problems from radiation exposure. One of the most radiation susceptible areas in a child is the neck, where the thyroid gland is located. A lead collar is placed around their neck, the thyroid collar, to protect their thyroid gland from radiation. A […]

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Dental X-rays

November 6, 2013

Rocks, soil, building materials, air & water expose us to tiny amounts of background radiation every day. The radiation exposure from a typical set of dental X rays is only slightly more than what a person receives from one day of background radiation. Therefore, taking a needed X ray poses a smaller risk than that […]

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Dental X-rays

November 5, 2013

The downside of X rays is that it exposes the children to radiation. This is why, similar to when Dr. Alvarez prescribes medications, she make sure that the specific indications & benefits of the information provided by the X ray will outweigh the risks and side effects to the children. It’s also why we’ve established […]

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Dental X-Rays

November 4, 2013

Dental X rays are a powerful tool for diagnosing problems that can’t be detected by a visual exam. Dr. Alvarez uses X rays to diagnose cavities, examine erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, extra, missing or impacted teeth, evaluate damage from trauma, and plan orthodontic treatment. At times she has even alerted pediatricians about systemic diseases, […]

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