X-Ray Use and Safety
How often should a child have dental X-ray films?
The need for dental X-ray films varies for each child. They are most likely taken to identify potential problems unseen by a visual exam. Generally, children need X-rays more often than adults as their mouths are still growing and changing. In addition, they are more susceptible to tooth decay and thus are important to identify potential cavities with early diagnosis. The Canadian Dental Association recommends X-rays to be done every six months for children with high-risk tooth decay. Why should X-ray films be taken if my child has never had a cavity?
In addition to detecting cavities in teeth, X-rays also identity erupting teeth, help diagnose bone disease, plan orthodontic treatment or diagnose other health conditions that are difficult to identify with a visual exam. Dental problems found and treated early enough are generally more comfortable for the child and more affordable. Will X-ray films be taken routinely?
Your dentist will determine the frequency of x-ray films according to your child’s individual needs. Generally, they are only recommended when it is necessary to protect your child’s dental health. How safe are dental X-rays?
Contemporary safeguards minimize your child’s exposure to radiation. The amount of radiation received during a dental x-ray exam is extremely minimal and poses negligible risk to your child. How will my child be protected from X-ray exposure?
During the x-ray, your child will wear a protective lead body apron which acts to shield and protect them from exposure. Using the most up-to-date equipment, unnecessary x-rays beams are filtered while high-speed film and proper shielding minimize your child’s radiation exposure.