Dental X-Rays – Are They Safe for Kids?
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Dental X-Rays – Are They Safe for Kids?

Girl OrangeDental X-rays are an important tool used by dentists to identify, locate, and diagnose any problems with your child’s teeth. X-rays provide Dr. Ben Kwok with a detailed photo of your child’s teeth, bones, and the supporting tissues in the mouth.

Many parents question the safety of X-rays for their children. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about dental X-rays and their answers. We want all of the parents and children in our office to be comfortable with the treatments and procedures we offer.

Why does my child need a dental X-ray?

Below are a few reasons why your child might need an X-ray in our office:

  • X-rays help to detect any problems with spacing in your child’s jaw.
  • X-rays allow us to view problems with the roots of a tooth or other bone-related tooth problems.
  • X-rays can be used as a ‘map’ in the event that your child needs a tooth extraction or other complicated procedures.

When should my child receive his or her first dental X-ray?

Most of the kids who visit our office will receive a dental X-ray around the age of six or once their adult teeth begin to grow in. These X-rays will be taken as part of the regular dental cleanings and checkups that your child receives. They’ll allow Dr. Kwok to make sure the teeth are growing in correctly.

Should I be concerned about radiation exposure?

The amount of radiation your child is exposed to during a set of dental X-rays is minimal. We also provide a lead apron for your child to wear during the X-ray, which will protect his or her body from most of the radiation. There is absolutely no reason to be concerned about radiation exposure, your child’s health and safety is our first priority!

Dental cleanings and exams are the best way to make sure your child’s teeth are healthy and beautiful. To make an appointment for your children to receive dental cleanings and checkups, please contact Little Smiles of Delaware. Our pediatric dental office is located here in Delaware, Ohio.

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