Digital X-rays

Staying up to date on the latest dental treatment techniques is only half of the battle when providing outstanding pediatric dentistry. Using the most advanced technology available to dentistry is every bit as necessary. Here at Blue Water Pediatric Dentistry, we are dedicated to delivering a safe and enjoyable experience to your little one using the latest technology, techniques, and equipment available. This is even more important when it comes to X-ray technology, and it is why our office uses state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology.


Because we care about your child’s bodily health and well-being, we believe that reducing the amount of radiation exposure is extremely important. Although the amount of radiation usedYour child's health and well-being are very important to us, so we have replaced all our traditional X-ray equipment with state-of-the-art, digital X-ray equipment. Digital X-ray equipment significantly reduces the amount of radiation. Even though the quantity of radiation used in dentistry is very minimal, it can add up over a lifetime. The effect of radiation is cumulative, so any radiation exposure counts. Compared to traditional X-ray machines, digital X-rays can reduce radiation exposure to your child by up to 80%!

Overall, the radiation exposure from our dental X-rays is very minimal. One bitewing X-ray (the standard X-ray we use to search for cavities between the back teeth) is around 0.001 mSv of radiation. For some context, a three and a half hour plane ride exposes an individual to roughly 0.01 mSv of radiation, or ten times as much as a bitewing X-ray. In a single year, the average American is exposed to approximately 3.1 mSv in background radiation from the sun and objects we interact with every day. Putting all of that into perspective, our bitewing X-ray is one 3000th of the exposure that we deal with on a yearly basis.


  • Our goal is to make your child as comfortable as possible while at the dentist. Digital X-rays don't require the patient to bite down on a hard plastic card that holds the film.
  • It's much faster. There is no waiting for X-ray film to develop before we can look at it. The entire check-up is a lot shorter.
  • Digital images are much easier to work with because they can be easily enlarged and moved. This allows the doctor a close-up view of the patient's teeth, which is more detailed.
  • Your child will better understand the entire process because they will be able to see the image enlarged on the computer screen.
  • It's more environmentally friendly. We don't need to use harsh chemicals to process the film.

The entire focus of our dental practice is to make your child's visit to the dentist as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Next time you're in our office, we will be more than happy to answer any questions.