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Safety of Dental X-Rays for Children

X-Rays are very important tools used by dentists in order to identify any problems with the teeth. X-Rays provide dentists with a highly detailed picture of the teeth, bones, and supporting tissues of the mouth. Child X Ray

However, there are many parents who have questions regarding X-Rays for their children. This article includes a list of the most frequently asked questions and their answers, so that you are comfortable and confident when you bring your child to the dentist for an X-Ray.  

Why does my child need an X-Ray? 

  • Tooth decay isn’t always visible to the naked eye. X-Rays may be used to determine spots of decay that may be hiding between teeth or under fillings. 
  • X-Rays can help determine any problems with spacing in your child’s mouth. 
  • Any bone related tooth problems, especially problems with the roots of a tooth, can be found using an X-Ray.  
  • If your child needs a tooth extraction or another complicated procedure, an X-Ray can serve as a map to show the dentist if there will be any complications. 

When should my child get his or her first X-ray?
Most children will receive their first X-Ray around the age of 6, when their adult teeth begin to erupt. This X-Ray will be taken in order to determine if the teeth are coming in correctly and to ensure there will be enough room in the mouth for all of the adult teeth. 

Do I need to be concerned about radiation exposure? 
The amount of radiation your child is exposed to during a single set of X-Rays is very minimal. Your child will also be wearing a lead apron, which will protect their body from most of the radiation. This means that there is absolutely no reason for you to be concerned!

Here at Endodontic Specialists, we know that dental X-Rays are one of the best tools for successful root canal therapy. For more information please contact Endodontic Specialists of Colorado at one of our locations in Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, Colorado. 

Posted on Jul 22, 2019

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