The need for pediatric dental X-rays or radiographs varies according to your child's oral health. Most pediatric dentists take X-rays once per year starting at age two or three, though if your child has a history of tooth decay, they may need them more frequently.
When Do Children Start Receiving X-Rays?
Most pediatric dentists begin using X-rays at about age two to three. These early X-rays help to introduce children to the procedure gently. They start with imaging the front teeth, progressing to bitewings and the back teeth as the child grows. Pediatric dentists use specially scaled X-ray equipment to ensure a comfortable experience for your child.
X-ray safety is a top concern for many parents in our practice. We only take X-rays when we see a clear diagnostic need for this procedure, and we use a lead apron to protect your child from the effects of unwanted radiation.
Attleboro Pediatric Dentistry uses a fully digital system to take and process X-rays. Digital X-rays use significantly less radiation than standard X-rays used in the past. They are safer and faster than film X-rays. Digital X-rays also provide more detail to facilitate communication between the parent, patient, and dentist.
Why Children Need X-Rays
Many young children do not have the vocabulary to tell their parents they are experiencing dental discomfort. In these children, decay and other issues can sometimes go unnoticed until a major problem arises. Regular X-rays can monitor your child's oral health and ensure that we detect problems at early stages.
X-rays can also help us keep track of your child's oral development. We can examine the status of the permanent teeth before they emerge, helping to predict situations where orthodontic work may be necessary in later childhood. We can see the effects of childhood habits like thumb-sucking and how they could result in tooth alignment issues later.
The Pediatric Dentistry Difference
When you visit a dedicated pediatric dental practice, you will notice that we tailor our office procedures to the needs of our youngest patients. Our chairs and equipment are child-sized, and our practitioners have special skills in comforting and distracting young patients.
We strive to build a warm, trusting relationship with you and your children and to help them look forward to dental care. Our goal is to help your child build a solid foundation for lifetime oral health and positive habits.
Call Attleboro Pediatric Dentistry
We understand some parents are concerned about X-rays, but we believe they are safe and necessary treatments. X-rays can help your dentist monitor and protect your child's oral health for a lifetime.
If you have questions about pediatric dental X-rays or want to schedule an appointment, please call our Attleboro, MA, office at 508-409-6160. We can explain our use of X-rays and provide any extra safety information you need.