If limiting your child's exposure to x-rays is important to you then you will be glad to hear that we share your concerns about his or her exposure to radiation, especially at a young age. We are very conservative in our use of x-rays. We do not routinely take x-rays on children unless there is a very specific reason to do so. We do usually take x-rays when back teeth are very close together since we are not able to see between the teeth when they are tight and many kids still get cavities on their molars. Baby molars are usually kept until the child is ten, eleven, or twelve years old. By detecting cavities when they are small we are frequently able to implement strategies to keep them from needing treatment and from progressing.
If there is good spacing of the teeth, we will likely not need to take any x-rays. We also do not usually find it necessary to take x-rays of front teeth since front teeth are typically spaced and less likely to develop decay.
What are the advantages of digital X-rays?
- Digital radiography reduces exposure to radiation by up to 80 percent compared with traditional radiographs.
- The digital images can be enlarged and manipulated, giving us a clear, more detailed look at your child's teeth.
- Because your child can see the image enlarged on a screen, she can better understand why taking care of her teeth is important.
- It's better for the earth! There is no need to use harmful chemicals to process film.