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Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Children?

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X-Rays are used by dentists in order to locate and diagnose problems with the teeth. X-Rays provide dentists with highly detailed pictures of the teeth, bones, and the supporting tissues of the mouth.

Many parents have questions regarding the safety of X-Rays for their children. We’ve put together a few of the most commonly asked questions about pediatric dental X-Rays, because we want all of our patients to feel comfortable and confident with bringing their children to our office for dental care.

1 - Why does my child need a dental X-Ray?

  • Bone-related tooth problems, especially those involving the roots of the teeth, can be found by using an X-Ray.
  • X-Rays can determine if there will be problems with spacing in your child’s mouth.
  • Tooth decay isn’t always visible to the naked eye, and X-Rays can be used to locate spots of decay hiding between teeth or underneath fillings.
  • If your child needs to have a tooth extracted, or any other dental procedure, an X-Ray can show if there will be any potential complications.

2 – When should my child receive his or her first dental X-Ray?

Most children will receive their first dental X-Rays around the age of 6, once the adult teeth start to erupt into the mouth. These X-Rays will be taken to determine if your child’s permanent teeth are coming in correctly and will make sure there is enough room in the mouth for all of the adult teeth to properly erupt.

3 – Should I be concerned about radiation exposure?

The amount of radiation your child is exposed to during a dental X-Ray is minimal. Additionally, we will provide your child with a lead apron, which will protect their body from the bulk of the radiation. There is no reason for you to be concerned about radiation exposure, but if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

The best way to keep your child’s mouth healthy and avoid dental cavities and tooth decay are by following a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting Auburn Family Dental every 6 months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.

To make an appointment for the whole family, please contact Auburn Family Dental located here in Wichita, Kansas.

Posted on Jan 26, 2020

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