Should Your Child Receive Dental X-Rays
Some parents are concerned about the effect of x-rays on children, and while modern x-ray technology certainly limits the amount of radiation experienced, we understand the concerns of parents and want to address this matter.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists provides guidelines to help practitioners make decisions about when radiographs are necessary. Consider some of the following recommendations:
- Children with No Cavities and No Increased Risk Factors – The recommendation is 1 to 2-year intervals for children and preteens. This increases to 1.5 to 3 years in adolescence.
- Children with Cavities and/or Increased Risk Factors – The recommendation is 6 to 12-month intervals for children and preteens and 6 to 18-month intervals in adolescence.
Why Are Dental X-Rays Important for Kids?
Dental x-rays provide information that is important to the oral health of your child that can’t always be ascertained with a visual inspection. For example, if teeth are properly positioned, the dentist won’t be able to see in between the teeth. However, an x-ray may show the start of enamel decay occurring between two teeth. This can allow the dentist to provide additional training on proper flossing techniques to prevent decay between teeth before a cavity actually forms. Or if the cavity already exists, this allows for intervention before it grows worse and may lead to something like a root canal or even premature loss of the tooth.
X-rays are also important as a child’s teeth are developing and erupting since they can provide a warning of future issues. With proper time to address various situations, restorative care can be both more affordable for you and more comfortable for your child.
X-Rays Play an Important Role in Prevention
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we take a prevention-first attitude to help your child enjoy good oral health without the need for lots of expensive dental work in the future. X-rays play an important role in prevention by helping dentists to foresee and avoid as many oral health problems as possible. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 619-741-1500. Let’s work together to maintain your child’s brilliant smile!