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Issue: Volume 13, Issue 3
Release Date: 1 Sep 2020

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Bitewing Radiography for Caries Diagnosis in Children: When and Why?

Untreated dental caries affects children in the UK, with significant burden to the child, family and health service. High quality bitewing radiography is more effective than clinical observation alone at detecting proximal caries in children. Accurate diagnosis before cavitation allows preventive rather than operative management. Research has demonstrated that most children find bitewing radiography acceptable. It is therefore vital that bitewing radiographs of children are taken as per national guidance in general practice.

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