How typical are preventative dental xrays for kids?
December 15, 2012 12:27 PM Subscribe
dentist would like to take x-rays to look for cavities. Is this typical?
posted by werkzeuger to Health & Fitness (23 answers total)
Our three year old toddlers had their first dentist visit recently. The dentist comes highly recommended and we liked her; the visit went well. I was taken aback, however, when the assistant mentioned they would like to take xrays at the next visit "to look for cavities." It was explained to us that there was not enough space between some of our kids molars to allow a visual inspection for cavities. There have been no toothaches or other symptoms and the kids' dental health was judged overall to be excellent.
So...I guess I'm just leery of head x-rays and want to be sure this is standard practice. I know from other AskMes that dentists vary in how aggressively they pursue cavities. Is our dentists recommendation typical?