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Common Dental Questions

Child’s First Dental X-rays

 

Question:

When should my child first get dental x-rays?

 

Answer:

A child’s first dental x-ray is usually taken when the dentist cannot visibly see the area between a child’s back teeth, which is usually at the age of 5 or 6. However, children with a high risk for tooth decay or limited tooth space may need to have their first dental x-ray taken earlier.

 

Why dental x-rays are important for your child

A child’s adult teeth begin erupting around the age of 6. Dental x-rays play an important role during the development of your child’s adult teeth, providing a view of all the teeth so the dentist can evaluate your child’s growth and development.

 

Types of x-rays

There are two types of x-rays commonly used for children: bitewing x-rays, used to view the areas between the teeth, and a panoramic x-ray, used to view all the teeth at once.