If you are a parent, you may be wondering if the radiation from dental X-rays may harm your child. The truth is that extremely minimal radiation is used during an X-ray, and the benefits of detecting potential dental problems that can be harmful far outweigh the risks.
Why Should My Child Get a Dental X-Ray?
Just like with adults, dental X-rays can detect problems with your child's mouth before they become serious. The list of problems that a dental X-ray can detect is long, but one common issue an X-ray might find is cavities.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should get X-rays depending on their specific needs. Generally, if they have a history of oral health issues, X-rays may be prescribed more often than if their oral health is without issues. This includes having a history of cavities, gum disease, loose teeth, or swelling in the gums or mouth, to name a few common problems.
Different types of X-rays may be recommended depending on your child’s needs. These include:
• Bitewing X-rays: Areas of the mouth that are difficult to view with the human eye can be monitored with a bitewing X-ray. This type of X-ray is especially useful for detecting cavities where teeth come in contact with each other.
• Periapical X-rays: These are used to monitor small areas where there are problems to determine the severity of the issue and come up with a treatment plan.
• Panoramic X-rays: This type of X-ray creates a picture of the entire mouth which is used to track your child’s oral development and overall structure. At Pediatric Dental Group, we can answer any questions you might have about dental X-rays for your children. If you’re looking to get dental work done for your child, contact us and set up an appointment or call for a consultation.