Posts for: May, 2012

There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.  We generally don’t start taking X-rays until a child is five years of age.  Thereafter; we generally take X-rays once per year.  Visually Dr. Doyle can’t see in between the teeth and that is where problems can occur.  X-rays are needed to diagnose why a child is having a toothache and to prevent toothaches by finding decay while it is still small.

The X-rays we take are approximately equivalent to two days of natural radiation exposure that everyone receives by living on planet Earth.  To put this in perspective, a flight from New York to LA is approximately equivalent to four-five days of natural radiation exposure. 

We welcome questions and honor requests of parents wanting to wait longer than a year between dental X-rays. 




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