Radiation Exposure! Do X Rays Harm My Child’s Teeth?

Dentists recommend a pediatric X-ray to measure tooth decay within children. They also allow the dentist to evaluate tooth development. Most dentists recommend X-rays for children after the age of two.

While Dental X-rays involve radiation, levels of exposure are kept as low as possible to ensure better health for your child. Traditional X-rays have always been performed on films. Such films require a high amount of radiation. As a result, dentists have prioritized using fast-speed movies and keeping the number of x rays to a minimum.

Recently, digital X-rays have emerged as much safer for your health. Firstly, digital X-rays require low amounts of radiation. Your child will be exposed to even fewer amounts of radiation. Secondly, traditional X-rays include using chemicals to process photos. Digital X-rays exclude the use of such substances. Repeated exposure to radiation through X-rays increases the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Dentists recommend digital X-rays because they allow us to take much better care of your child and because digital X-rays demand fewer resources. Have you ever had to get an X-ray done and then wait while your X-ray is processed and delivered to your dentist? Digital X-rays hasten the process. Now you will not need to get another appointment. Dental X-rays should only be done when necessary for a child below the age of 10, and your dentist will try to do a dental X-ray every six to eighteen months.

Our team of dentists at Village Park Family Dental prioritizes your child’s health and safety above all else. If you wish to inquire further about your child’s health or if your child needs to have a pediatric X-ray done, call us at 281-376-4444 to schedule an appointment.

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