February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and hopefully this message will remind you to make an appointment for your kiddos if you don’t already keep regular appointments.
When a child begins regular dental appointments, a common concern many parents have are in regard to X-rays and how many their children actually need. What is the purpose of the X-ray and what are the risks?
The purpose of the X-ray is to show dentists a “behind the scenes” look at your child’s current dental health and future health as well. Many dentists wants a baseline X-ray, but many wait until after they have performed a clinical exam and have taken good notes on their oral and medical history, diet, fluoride use and anything else that might make that child a potential “high risk” patient.
And yes, there are indeed risks. All X-rays that use ionizing radiation can potentially cause damage. Even in miniscule doses, the effect of radiation after years of X-rays can add up. The risks associated with this type of radiation is greater for kids than they are for grownups.
Here’s the great news about X-Rays and the Office of Dr. Cash! We only use Digital X-rays which are 100 percent safe. In digital radiography, digital sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. This saves time because the process bypasses the chemical processing. More importantly, only one tenth of the radiation is used to produce each image!
Rest assured your family’s health is our priority at the Office of Dr. Cash. So bring your kids in if you haven’t already. We can’t wait to see their smiling faces!