6 doctors weighed in:

Are dental x-rays for children safe?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Very safe

When all standard safety precautions are taken, dental X-rays are very safe with minimal radiation and maximum resolution.
Today's X-ray equipment is able to eliminate unnecessary radiation. The test is necessary for a proper diagnosis.

In brief: Very safe

When all standard safety precautions are taken, dental X-rays are very safe with minimal radiation and maximum resolution.
Today's X-ray equipment is able to eliminate unnecessary radiation. The test is necessary for a proper diagnosis.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Risk vrs Benefit

Very safe! dosage extremely low, and dentist uses shielding.
What is unsafe is missing cavity between teeth that can't be seen without x-ray, and tooth becomes abscessed w infection spreading to blood stream. X-rays also needed to evaluate development of underlying permanent teeth. Your dentist will take only those x-rays needed for complete evaluation.

In brief: Risk vrs Benefit

Very safe! dosage extremely low, and dentist uses shielding.
What is unsafe is missing cavity between teeth that can't be seen without x-ray, and tooth becomes abscessed w infection spreading to blood stream. X-rays also needed to evaluate development of underlying permanent teeth. Your dentist will take only those x-rays needed for complete evaluation.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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2 comments
Dr. Dann Whalen
I agree but I would recommend using a thyroid shield for young children
Dr. Sten Ericson
Only necessary x-rays should be taken and with digital sensors when possible because they generally require less radiation. There is interesting research that states that lead aprons and neck collars actually increase exposure by containing the radiation within the body for a longer period of time. Something to think about.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dentistry - Pediatric

In brief: Yes

Dental x-rays involve minimal radiation.
Discussing any concerns with your dentist before the visit will help alleviate your concerns.

In brief: Yes

Dental x-rays involve minimal radiation.
Discussing any concerns with your dentist before the visit will help alleviate your concerns.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dr. Eyal Simchi
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

They are. If you have any concerns at all, please ask your dentist about it.

In brief: Yes

They are. If you have any concerns at all, please ask your dentist about it.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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