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Nov
25

X-Rays Are Safe for Your Kids!

Posted in Digital X-Rays

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:

  • Revealing key anatomical details
  • Showing cavities in-between teeth
  • Planning effective dental treatment
  • Tracking and predicting tooth development
  • Checking for bone diseases

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:

  • A serious problem or emergency arises
  • He or she is old enough to sit still for their first routine dental x-ray examination
  • It’s time to check on tooth development progress

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
(469) 209-4279

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