Does my child need to get x-rays?
Dental x-rays are a necessity when it comes to the diagnostic process for your child’s dental health, and they shouldn’t be skipped. Dental x-rays allow us to see beyond what can be seen by the naked eye, including health conditions that might need treatment. Without an x-ray, dental conditions can be missed and left untreated. It’s important to remember that when dental problems are detected early, treatment is more comfortable for your child—and for your wallet.
We ascribe to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommendations for x-rays: Children should have them done twice annually; children who are at a higher risk for tooth decay might have x-rays done based on their individual risk level of developing cavities.A full set of x-rays, including panoramic and bitewings, is recommended every three years.
For parents who are worried about the safety of x-rays, they needn’t be. Parents should keep in mind that your pediatric dentist is particularly careful about using all safeguards available to protect your child from radiation exposure. With today’s high-speed equipment and safety measures such as lead body aprons and shields, the amount of radiation exposure is minimal and the risk to your child is negligible. It is far more worrisome to let a dental problem go undetected and untreated.