Risks of X-rays for Babies
Dental X-rays are used to see the teeth, bones and soft tissues where cavities and other conditions may reside. It is important to remember that age does not play a role in the “risks” associated with X-rays. Dental X-rays are considered safe because they use a considerably low amount of radiation.
When considering the safety of an X-ray, keep in mind that the risk is associated with the amount of radiation used during the exam. This is why we use low-radiation X-rays
! While we use low-radiation dental X-rays for baby teeth , it is still important to keep exposure to a minimum. Be sure to notify your dentist of any recent X-rays your child may have had to minimize exposure.
One thing to keep in mind about X-ray safety is that it’s not the number of X-rays that put you at risk, but the intensity of each X-ray.
Dental X-rays are typically performed each year. Although, we may suggest a dental X-ray sooner than a year to better monitor the progress of your child’s dental condition.
The number and frequency of dental X-rays your child may need depends on a few factors, such as:
It is normal for us to request dental X-rays if your child is a new patient. This is so we can get a good understanding of your child’s current dental health to understand his or her needs.
If this is your child’s first dental visit, getting a dental X-ray of their baby teeth is especially important. This is so we can identify any existing oral health issues. If your child has been to the dentist before and has completed a dental X-ray within the last year, sometimes we will request a copy of the most recent X-Ray to reduce exposure.
Children need to have dental X-rays completed more often than adults, because it’s important for us to monitor the growth and development of their adult teeth.
While dental X-rays
do involve radiation, the exposed levels are so low that they’re considered safe for children and adults. For this reason, there is no suggested limit of dental X-rays per year, however it is important to limit the amount of exposure if possible.
Pediatric Dental X-Ray Guidelines
It is recommended that X-rays always use the lowest dose of radiation necessary, while taking into consideration the age and size of the patient. Dental X-rays should also only be performed when the dentist believes that they are necessary to answer a question about the health of your child’s mouth.
Still have Questions about Dental X-Rays?
is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about dental X-rays! If your child hasn’t received their first dental X-ray yet, or you believe that they may need a condition assessed, please reach out to our office
or give us a call!
If you are concerned about the cost of dental X-rays, we are more than happy to offer a complimentary insurance benefits check and go over payment options
. Your peace of mind is our priority!