Digital Radiograph (X-Ray) FAQ

How often should dental films be taken?

Dental films are a tool used to see where the naked eye can’t. They are only taken when indicated but as a rule, children require them more frequently than adults. Their mouths grow and change rapidly and they are prone to more tooth decay than adults. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographic examinations every 6 months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. Children with a lower risk of tooth decay will generally need them once a year. Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed.

Why does my child need dental films if he has never had a cavity?

Dr. Meggan evaluates your child’s growth and development, post injury status, and orthodontic readiness as well as tooth decay. Taking films allows Dr. Meggan to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.

How safe are dental radiographs?

Dr. Meggan has set up her practice to minimize your child’s exposure to radiation. We use digital films, which require much less radiation than traditional films. The risk is negligible. In fact, dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.

Will my child be protected from radiograph exposure?

Lead aprons with thyroid collars are always used when films are taken