Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Kids?

Most parents will agree that nothing is as important as the health of your kids. And a common question that comes up again and again in dentist appointments is whether or not it’s safe for kids to get dental X-rays. The good news is that dental X-rays are considered absolutely safe for kids. In fact, dental X-rays are an important part of your child’s routine. But they should only be done when necessary, and your child’s dentist will be the one to determine this.

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Why X-Rays Are Important

There are many reasons why dental X-rays can be an important part of your child’s dental checkup. Dental X-rays allow your child’s dentist to find things they couldn’t see with with a standard visual exam, like hard-to-see cavities. They also help diagnose genetic dental problems that aren’t yet visible to the naked eye. If your child was recently involved in a sports accident or collision, dental X-rays can help your dentist determine if there was any damage to your child’s mouth or jaw.

Safeguards

Of course, we all know that X-rays have radiation in them, which is why before your child gets an X-ray taken, the dentist will instruct them to put on protective gear. This includes goggles and a lead vest, which stops radiation from penetrating the body. Dental X-rays are very specifically focused, so the risk of radiation exposure is extremely low.

Risks

Since X-rays expose children to radiation, however small an amount, many parents worry about the risk of conditions like cancer. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reassures parents that the amount of radiation that’s received during a dental X-ray is extremely small.

If you have any more questions about dental X-rays, or wonder if it’s the right choice for your child, contact our practice today!

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