For most persons, the first time they will get a dental x-ray is as a child. In spite of their remarkable ability to replace lost teeth, kids actually need these examinations done on a more consistent basis than we do as adults.
Do children need to undergo routine dental x-rays?
Since the teeth and jaws of children are still undergoing change and development, it is recommended to receive annual dental x-rays.
If your child is not losing their baby teeth fast enough this can stunt the growth and development of permanent teeth. The doctor may also need to ensure there is enough space in their mouth for permanent teeth such as wisdom teeth.
Primary teeth are smaller than those that will become permanent and as such it is much easier for them to be affected by decay and for damage and disease to spread to supporting bones and tissue.
It is recommended that children receive dental x-rays at least once a year depending on the health of their teeth and gums. If decay is observed from their x-rays, frequency should be increased to at least twice a year until the issue is resolved.
Are dental x-rays safe for children?
The radiation emitted by this device is relatively low and will not adversely affect individuals including children. There are precautions in place such as aprons made of lead and thyroid shields that work well to limit exposure.
At what age should a child start receiving dental x-rays?
Once there are no visible signs of decay, a child should get their first x-ray just before their permanent teeth start coming in. Barring no issues, this should begin around the age of 6.
Up to what age can a child continue visiting a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists are trained to treat children through their various stages of growth and development which spans from the introduction of their primary teeth all the way through to permanent growth. Some pediatric dentists will treat patients until they reach adulthood at the age of 18.
Can I put my child on my dental insurance plan?
Most plans allow owners to place their children on their plans. These can remain on the plan until adulthood. Some policies allow up to the age of 18 while others may allow coverage up until the age of 25. Confirming the terms of your policy initially can ensure you get the most out of your plan.
How soon can I start brushing my child’s teeth?
Growth can begin around the age of 6 months. At this time, parents can begin brushing their teeth twice a day with just a smear of toothpaste. Care needs to be taken that they do not swallow any of the paste.
Regular dental checkups help to ensure the health of your child while they are young can set a firm basis for their oral health as an adult. These visits help to prevent tooth decay and cavities in addition to early detection of any medical issues.
Our dental office in Walled Lake MI takes children’s’ oral health seriously. Dr. Hechtman and his staff are in tune with the dental needs of children and provide a positive, nurturing environment. All patients receive the highest quality care that address all oral health concerns and needs that build the foundation for a healthy mouth and smile for life.
Take a proactive approach to your child’s dental health, call our dental office and schedule a checkup!