Does My Child Need Dental X-Rays? by admn

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Does my child need X-rays

Every child is unique and the need for dental x-rays varies from child to child. Dental X-rays play an important role in diagnosis and treatment planning of your child’s dental care needs. They show us know when something’s wrong and assist us in checking the development of your child as they grow. Not every child needs an X-ray at every check-up.  Films are taken only after reviewing your child’s medical, dental histories, performing a clinical examination and when they are most likely to yield information when a clinical exam cannot.

Since X-rays use low levels of radiation, we’re conservative about when and why we use them for your child. In general, children’s mouths grow and change rapidly. Children are also more susceptible than adults to tooth decay. For children with high risk of tooth decay, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends X-ray examinations every six months to detect cavities developing between the teeth. Children with a low risk of tooth decay require x-ray exams less frequently.

My child has never had a cavity, should he/she get x-rays? 

X-rays detect more than cavities- they may be needed to check erupting teeth, evaluate for any missing or extra teeth, diagnose any bone disease, evaluate an injury or to plan for any orthodontic treatment.  X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat conditions that may not be visible on a clinical exam. When dental problems are found and treated early, care is more comfortable and affordable.

Are dental x-rays safe?

We take the utmost care to minimize the exposure of our child patients. With contemporary safeguards like lead body protection shields/aprons, high-speed films and digital x-rays, the amount of x-ray radiation received in a dental x-ray examination is extremely small thus assuring that your child receives minimal radiation. As a matter of fact, dental x-rays pose a far smaller risk than any undetected dental problems that can lead to pain and extensive, expensive problems.

Will my child get x-rays routinely?

We recommend x-rays films only when necessary to evaluate and monitor your child’s oral health. We determine the frequency of the x-rays films based on your child’s dental needs.  If your child had dental x-rays taken at a previous dentist, please have them send copies to our office to minimize radiation exposure.