X-rays work based on the fact that body tissues absorb the energy in different ways. X-rays easily pass through skin and muscle, but teeth and bone show up because they are much harder.
This makes x-rays extremely useful in dentistry. Dental patients of all ages need x-rays from time to time.
But given the fact that radiation poses the risk of cancer, are x-rays really safe for kids?
Why Your Dentist Needs X-Rays
Why take this risk at all?
X-rays help out by:
Without x-rays, your dentist may as well work on your child’s teeth blindfolded.
Precautions Are a Must!
Kids are given the lowest and most infrequent doses of x-rays possible. They are also required to wear a heavy lead apron with a collar to protect their bodies from unnecessary exposure.
How Often Are X-Rays Necessary?
As long as x-ray exposure is kept to a minimum, then routine x-rays pose no harm. The small risk is outweighed by the massive benefits that x-rays provide.
The smaller the body, the lower the exposure should be. Your dentist may wait to take x-rays on your child until:
After that, your dentist may want to take x-rays every 1 or 2 years to watch for cavities. Office policies differ, so check with your dentist on the standards and procedures in your local dental office.
Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
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