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luvnyoustwos
Dental X-Rays on your children?
January 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

We took our 5 year old and our JUST turned 3 year old to the dentist and he said he needed to take dental X-Rays (which are digital) because there seemed to be a lot of areas that needed treatment. I absolutely hated the idea of doing it, but after talking with him for a while we agreed to go ahead and do it. They did a full set of X-Rays on both of our children, which involved about EIGHT pictures total. It's been eating me up and worrying me ever since, and it has now been 8 months ago. My daughter (who is the 3 year old) is "needing" another complete set according to her dentist, or he won't finish her dental fixes (she needs to have a few more fillings, but we took a break because she had a bad last experience). Her last X-Rays were 8 months ago, is it REALLY necessary to re-do them before finishing treatment? I feel horrible that I ever even let them do them in the first place, although I do realize they were necessary at the time. Or were they? Since her baby teeth are going to fall out anyways....

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  • steffielou_who
    January 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM
    My dentist didn't do X-rays until my oldest ds was 7 and my lo was 6... It was just about a month ago! Luckily, my boys have cavities or anything!
  • mama_bear77
    January 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM
    change dentist they shouldn't be taking so many xrays for the same procedure unless its a root canal or other damage done to the tooth.
  • sabrtooth1
    January 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

     


    Quoting EsmeVincent:

    I mostly agree with you but its not always the parents fault...my nephew and niece don't eat candy and rarely get juices and their molars started to decay for no reason...they had to get their teeth capped to save them from anymore damage.

    I'm sorry, but teeth DO NOT decay for NO REASON.  The reasons are that they are eating and drinking the wrong things--which are MORE than just candy and juices-- and their teeth are not being cleaned completely and often enough.  It's not magic--it's science. 

    What causes tooth decay?

    The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay.   Your mouth, like many other parts of your body, naturally contains many types of bacteria. Some of these bacteria thrive on food and drinks that contain certain forms of sugar, also known as fermentable carbohydrates.  When these sugars aren't cleaned off your teeth, the bacteria quickly begin feeding on them and producing acids. The acids continue to attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating.  The bacteria, acids, food particles and saliva then form into dental plaque — a sticky film that coats your teeth.  The bacteria and acid then are stuck to the teeth, in the dental plaque.  Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.

  • frndlyfn
    January 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Xrays are important for dental health and for future health of adult teeth.   I would do them again just to make sure everything is status quo.

  • fullofhope1
    January 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM
    Can I ask you a question ... My daughter has gaps between all of her teeth. I have her drink a lot of water and I'm not fond if any kind of sugary foods and soda unless she's away once a week. Does the gaps show any kinda of signs of anything or is this normal? I brush her teeth twice a day. She's independent so likes to do it then I do it right after she has done it. Thanks!

    Quoting sabrtooth1:

    I am a Registered Dental Hygienist.  Firat of all please realize that her "baby teeth" do not completely fall out until she is 12 to 14 years old!!!  Until they do, decay in those teeth can cause damage to the adult teeth underneath, and infection that CAN spread from the teeth thru the facial bones into the eyes, sinuses, and even the brain.  That said, most dentists do not take xrays on a child under the age of 4 or 5 UNLESS an examination reveals visable cavities.  If that is the case, then a full set of xrays ARE necessary, to show the extent of decay between all the teeth, and how deep the decay is.


    Whether or not she needs another FULL set of xrays depends on several things.   Rampant decay on a 3 year old indicates poor parenting choices.  A 3 year old is NOTcapable of looking after their OWN oral hygiene, or choosing what goes into their mouthes.  So the chances are, that those previous parenting choices have continued.  The dentist also takes into consideration how proactive you have been in restoring your child to health.  If only a few of the cavities were fixed over the last 8 months, your dentist would have a valid concern that there may be more decay, or that the previous decay has worsened.


    If, on the other hand, 99% of the cavities have been fixed, you have removed ALL sugary and acidic drinks, and fermentable carbohydrates like crackers, chips, snacks, white bread, dry cereal, candy, cake, and cookies from her diet, you  brush her teeth twice daily, and floss them once daily, then I would ask the dentist why he can't just take xrays of the work that is not completed.

  • EsmeVincent
    January 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM
    Whatever you say...Dentist told them with as much as he brushes and flosses his teeth shouldn't be rotting but they were. He barely eats anything and only drinks water(not well water) and milk

    Quoting sabrtooth1:

     




    Quoting EsmeVincent:

    I mostly agree with you but its not always the parents fault...my nephew and niece don't eat candy and rarely get juices and their molars started to decay for no reason...they had to get their teeth capped to save them from anymore damage.

    I'm sorry, but teeth DO NOT decay for NO REASON.  The reasons are that they are eating and drinking the wrong things--which are MORE than just candy and juices-- and their teeth are not being cleaned completely and often enough.  It's not magic--it's science. 


    What causes tooth decay?


    The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay.   Your mouth, like many other parts of your body, naturally contains many types of bacteria. Some of these bacteria thrive on food and drinks that contain certain forms of sugar, also known as fermentable carbohydrates.  When these sugars aren't cleaned off your teeth, the bacteria quickly begin feeding on them and producing acids. The acids continue to attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating.  The bacteria, acids, food particles and saliva then form into dental plaque — a sticky film that coats your teeth.  The bacteria and acid then are stuck to the teeth, in the dental plaque.  Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.

  • SassySue123
    January 22, 2013 at 8:38 PM

     - I agree, teeth do not just decay - 


    Quoting sabrtooth1:



    Quoting EsmeVincent:

    I mostly agree with you but its not always the parents fault...my nephew and niece don't eat candy and rarely get juices and their molars started to decay for no reason...they had to get their teeth capped to save them from anymore damage.

    I'm sorry, but teeth DO NOT decay for NO REASON.  The reasons are that they are eating and drinking the wrong things--which are MORE than just candy and juices-- and their teeth are not being cleaned completely and often enough.  It's not magic--it's science. 

    What causes tooth decay?

    The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay.   Your mouth, like many other parts of your body, naturally contains many types of bacteria. Some of these bacteria thrive on food and drinks that contain certain forms of sugar, also known as fermentable carbohydrates.  When these sugars aren't cleaned off your teeth, the bacteria quickly begin feeding on them and producing acids. The acids continue to attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating.  The bacteria, acids, food particles and saliva then form into dental plaque — a sticky film that coats your teeth.  The bacteria and acid then are stuck to the teeth, in the dental plaque.  Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.



  • ilovemyboys84
    January 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM


    there are disorders that can caouse this like weak enamel. my aun has had top dentures since she was in highschool due to her teeth.. i forget what she has. all 4 of my kids go tot he dentist and only one has a cavity everytime. they all eat and drink the same and i help the younger 3 brush

    Quoting SassySue123:

     - I agree, teeth do not just decay - 


    Quoting sabrtooth1:



    Quoting EsmeVincent:

    I mostly agree with you but its not always the parents fault...my nephew and niece don't eat candy and rarely get juices and their molars started to decay for no reason...they had to get their teeth capped to save them from anymore damage.

    I'm sorry, but teeth DO NOT decay for NO REASON.  The reasons are that they are eating and drinking the wrong things--which are MORE than just candy and juices-- and their teeth are not being cleaned completely and often enough.  It's not magic--it's science. 

    What causes tooth decay?

    The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay.   Your mouth, like many other parts of your body, naturally contains many types of bacteria. Some of these bacteria thrive on food and drinks that contain certain forms of sugar, also known as fermentable carbohydrates.  When these sugars aren't cleaned off your teeth, the bacteria quickly begin feeding on them and producing acids. The acids continue to attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating.  The bacteria, acids, food particles and saliva then form into dental plaque — a sticky film that coats your teeth.  The bacteria and acid then are stuck to the teeth, in the dental plaque.  Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.





  • ffxmom70
    January 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I tend to believe teeth can just decay because both my kids have had what the dentist called a defect which is like a pit in the tooth. In my daughter's case, when the tooth came in, it already had a pit on it, on the front of the front tooth, which seems like a weird place to get a cavity.

  • sabrtooth1
    January 23, 2013 at 12:24 AM

     


    Quoting fullofhope1:

    Can I ask you a question ... My daughter has gaps between all of her teeth. I have her drink a lot of water and I'm not fond if any kind of sugary foods and soda unless she's away once a week. Does the gaps show any kinda of signs of anything or is this normal? I brush her teeth twice a day. She's independent so likes to do it then I do it right after she has done it. Thanks!

    The gaps are called Primate Spacing,  are quite normal, and are actually a GOOD thing.  Primate Spacing gives the adult teeth room when they erupt, since the adult tooth is normally about twice as wide as the baby tooth.  If the baby teeth are tight together, in a nice arch, when the adult teeth come in, they will be terribly crowed and overlapped untill the head grows enough for the tongue to force the teeth into position.  And sometimes that doesn't happen.  And while the teeth are crowed, they are more susceptible to decay, because all the surfaces cannot get clean.  Speaking of that, the gapping also HELPS keep the baby teeth from getting cavities between the teeth.  Teeth that touch get cavities on the sides when you don't get that contact point clean enough.  Only floss can get between the teeth and clean that contact.  Teeth that do NOT have a contact, are easier to clean all the wasy around. 

    Sounds like you are doing a good job with her teeth!  Keep on brushing her teeth after she does it.  If she begins to complain, you can try telling her that you are brushing the places she might have missed, and SHE can brush YOUR teeth, to get at the places YOU missed.  When her adult teeth begin to erupt, around age 6, and start to push the teeth closer together, you will have to begin to floss her.  It will be much easier to do that, if she remains in the habit of you getting into her mouth with your hands. 

    PS:  It's not just sugary foods that cause decay.  All those "white" starches they tell us are so bad for our waistlines, are also bad for our teeth.  These are things like pasta, white bread, white rice, crackers, Cheetos, popcorn, etc.  Always brush the mouth after eating those things, or at least rinse throughly with water.

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