Bringing your child to the dentist is all about taking care of their health, but you may be wondering if dental X-rays are safe. It’s a question we get from parents all the time, and we understand their concerns. You’re doing everything you can to make sure your little one is in good hands! To help ease your mind, here’s some information about the safety of dental X-rays for kids.
The Safety of Dental X-Rays
According to the American Dental Association, “Radiation exposure associated with dentistry represents a minor contribution to the total exposure from all sources, including natural and man-made.” The ADA deems dental X-rays a safe diagnostic tool. While dental X-rays do involve a certain level of radiation by their very nature, this amount is very low and as such, also brings along a low chance of any side effects. On top of that, dental offices have proper safety protocols in place to protect your child’s health. These include both lead aprons and specific settings for children on the X-ray units.
Modern Dental X-Rays
These days, many practices are using digital X-rays which emit far less radiation than conventional X-rays that use film. To put a number on it, digital X-rays emit around 80 to 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays. This means that the already low chance of any side effects is decreased dramatically. You can rest easy knowing that modern dental X-rays are safer than they ever have been. Dental X-rays help us keep an eye on your family’s dental health during regular exams.
We Take Care of Your Child’s Oral Health in San Antonio, TX
Do you still have questions or concerns regarding dental X-rays? Don’t hesitate to ask us! At Shaenfield Pediatric Dentistry, we always put your child’s safety and health as top priorities. Feel free to call or email us, and a member of our team will be happy to speak to you further. Our San Antonio practice is always here whenever your child needs their next dental appointment. We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our practice family!