Happy Child Pediatric Dentistry

Do we force children to take X-rays?

Having a full set of dental X-rays is important for any dentist in order to be able to provide proper preventative dental care. The X-rays allow the dentist to get a better picture of the teeth and jaw bones and how they are developing. However, they may not be necessary for a first time visit to the dentist, particularly if the patient is already nervous.

Happy Child Pediatric Dentistry

Why is it important to have cooperation when taking dental X-rays?

A dentist may take full or partial X-rays of the mouth, or even both to give a complete picture of the teeth. While partial mouth X-rays do not take as long to complete, they still require the child’s cooperation. In order to get a good set of X-rays, the child has to hold still long enough for the image to be taken. Children who are reluctant to take X-rays typically have a hard time sitting still, yielding less than desirable results.

We don’t believe in forcing children to take dental X-rays.

In the early years, it’s important to establish a trusting relationship between a child and the dentist. Forcing the child to take X-rays is not a good way to foster this type of relationship. If a child is scared to visit the dentist for the first time, there are many steps we can take to help alleviate this fear. For example, the child’s dental exam can take place in a quiet room away from other patients to defray some of the anxiety the child might feel.

Unless there is evidence of a larger dental problem like cavities, the dentist will not typically suggest a patient to take X-rays during their initial visit. However, if tooth decay is noted during the dental exam, the dentist may want to take X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and the best course of treatment. If this is the case, the dentist would take time to speak to the parents and child to ensure everyone is comfortable before proceeding.

We provide pediatric dentistry in Houston. If you would wish your child to receive dental service in a calm and happy environment, Jamboree Dentistry is just the place to go. Contact us for more information on how we can help keep your child’s teeth healthy, today.