Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Children?

Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Children?

Parents always prioritize the health and well-being of their children, and their dental health is no exception. Choosing the right dental practice for little ones involves careful consideration and a thorough understanding of the services they provide. One common concern that parents often have is the safety of dental X-rays for their children. You want to ensure that any procedures involving radiation are completely safe and pose no harm to our precious little ones.

Let’s delve into the topic of dental X-rays for children and address the safety concerns that parents may have. 

Understanding Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays play a crucial role in paediatric dentistry by providing valuable insights into your child’s oral health. These diagnostic images help dentists detect and diagnose dental issues that may not be visible during a regular dental examination. Understanding the different types of dental X-rays and their significance can help alleviate concerns about their safety for children.

Explanation of Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, are images captured using low levels of radiation to penetrate the oral structures. These images provide dentists with a detailed view of the teeth, gums, and underlying bone structure. By examining these X-rays, dentists can identify dental problems such as cavities, tooth decay, impacted teeth, and abnormalities in jaw development.

Benefits of Dental X-Rays in Pediatric Dentistry

Dental X-rays offer a range of benefits when it comes to children’s oral health. Let’s review some key advantages.

Early Detection of Dental Issues

 X-rays enable dentists to identify dental problems in their early stages, allowing for timely intervention and prevention of further complications.

Monitoring Growth and Development

 X-rays help dentists track the growth and development of your child’s teeth and jaws. This is especially important during the transition from primary to permanent teeth and when planning orthodontic treatments.

Detection of Hidden Dental Abnormalities

Some dental issues, such as impacted teeth or abnormalities in tooth development, may not be visible during a regular dental examination. X-rays provide dentists with a comprehensive view, enabling them to detect such hidden abnormalities.

Facilitating Orthodontic Treatments 

Orthodontic X-rays play a vital role in assessing the alignment of teeth, diagnosing malocclusions, and planning orthodontic treatments like braces. They provide crucial information for creating a personalized treatment plan.

By utilizing dental X-rays appropriately, dentists can accurately diagnose dental problems, provide targeted treatment, and ensure optimal oral health for children. 

Addressing Safety Concerns

It is understandable for parents to have concerns about the safety of dental X-rays for their children. As responsible caregivers, ensuring the well-being of your little ones is paramount. Parents often express worries regarding radiation exposure and its potential risks. It’s natural to want reassurance that any procedures involving radiation are safe for children.

Clarifying Misconceptions and Providing Accurate Information

Radiation Exposure and Safety Measures

It’s important to understand that dental X-rays involve minimal radiation exposure. The radiation levels used in dental X-rays are considered safe and well below the threshold that can cause harm. Additionally, technological advancements have significantly reduced radiation dosage, ensuring even greater safety.

Comparison of Radiation Levels in Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays emit lower levels of radiation than other medical imaging procedures, such as CT scans. In fact, the radiation exposure from dental X-rays is comparable to the background radiation we encounter in our daily lives, such as natural sources like sunlight and even flying in an aeroplane.

Advancements in Technology and Reduced Radiation Dosage

Dentistry has embraced innovative technologies to enhance patient safety. Modern X-ray machines produce highly detailed images using minimal radiation. Additionally, digital X-rays reduce radiation exposure by up to 80% compared to traditional film-based X-rays.

Benefits of Dental X-Rays for Children

While ensuring the safety of dental X-rays is crucial, it’s equally important to understand the significant benefits they offer in terms of children’s oral health. Dental X-rays play a vital role in diagnosing and addressing various dental issues that may not be apparent during a visual examination. 

Let’s explore the benefits of dental X-rays for children in more detail.

Early Detection of Dental Issues and Prevention of Potential Problems

Dental X-rays allow dentists to identify dental problems at their earliest stages, even before symptoms become evident. This early detection enables prompt intervention and preventive measures, preventing further complications and potentially saving your child from more extensive dental procedures in the future. By catching issues early on, such as cavities, tooth decay, or abnormalities in tooth development, dentists can provide timely treatments, ensuring optimal oral health.

Monitoring Growth and Development of Teeth and Jaws

Children’s dental health is closely tied to their growth and development. Dental X-rays provide valuable insights into the growth patterns of teeth, the eruption of permanent teeth, and the development of jawbones. These images help dentists track any irregularities, assess the need for orthodontic interventions, and plan for any necessary treatments to ensure proper alignment and a healthy bite.

Assessing Tooth Decay, Cavities, and Hidden Dental Abnormalities

Dental X-rays are exceptionally effective at detecting tooth decay and cavities that may be hidden from a visual examination. X-rays provide a detailed view of the teeth, including areas between teeth and beneath the gum line, where cavities can develop. By identifying these issues early on, dentists can intervene promptly, preventing further damage and preserving the integrity of your child’s teeth.

Facilitating Orthodontic Treatments and Planning

For children requiring orthodontic treatment, dental X-rays are indispensable. Orthodontic X-rays provide dentists with comprehensive information about the alignment of teeth, the positioning of roots, and the relationship between the jaws. ]This detailed insight allows orthodontists to create personalized treatment plans, including braces or other orthodontic appliances, to correct misalignments, bite issues, and enhance overall oral function and aesthetics.

By utilizing dental X-rays appropriately, dentists can diagnose dental problems accurately, develop targeted treatment plans, and provide your child with the best possible care. 

Children-Specific Safety Measures

Paediatric dental practices, like Kids Dental, understand the unique needs and concerns when it comes to ensuring the safety of children during dental X-ray procedures. Extra care and specialized equipment are employed to provide a safe and comfortable experience for your little ones. 

Let’s explore the specific safety measures implemented by paediatric dental practices.

Paediatric Dental Practices and Specialized Equipment

Paediatric dental practices are specifically designed to cater to the needs of children. These practices create a child-friendly environment that helps alleviate anxiety and fear. The dental equipment used is also child-sized and tailored to fit the mouths of young patients comfortably. This ensures that X-ray procedures are conducted with the utmost care and precision.

Protective Measures During X-ray Procedures

Paediatric dental practices take extensive precautions to protect children during X-ray procedures. Some of these protective measures include:

  • Lead Aprons and Thyroid Collars: Children are provided with lead aprons and thyroid collars to shield sensitive areas of their bodies from radiation. These protective garments are custom-sized for children to ensure maximum coverage and safety.
  • Positioning Aids: Specialised positioning aids are used to help children maintain the correct posture and stay still during X-ray procedures. This ensures that the images captured are clear and accurate while minimizing the need for retakes.
Importance of Communication and Cooperation with Children during X-Rays

Dentists and dental staff understand the importance of effective communication and cooperation with children during X-ray procedures. They take the time to explain the process in a child-friendly manner, addressing any concerns or fears. 

By establishing a positive and supportive atmosphere, children are more likely to feel at ease and cooperate during the X-ray process, ensuring successful and accurate imaging.

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Dr. Amanda Huminicki

BScDent, MScDent, DMD
I love working with children, which is why I have so much fun as a pediatric dentist. I taught children dance lessons while in school, and knew that I wanted to keep working with kids as a dentist. I’m lucky to have the privilege of laughing and sharing joy with my patients, and I enjoy watching them grow up into amazing young adults. I find it so rewarding to be part of a fantastic team that helps kids learn about their oral health and have a positive experience at the dentist.


  • Bachelor of Science degree (Dentistry), University of Manitoba
  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree, University of Manitoba
  • Masters of Science degree (Dentistry), University of Manitoba

Continuing Education

I enjoy keeping current in the field of pediatric dentistry and getting together with colleagues to learn and share experiences. I attend many courses and conferences each year and am a member of the following organizations:

  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • York Region Dental Society

In the Practice

I’m so fortunate to work with a fantastic group of people at KDG! The entire team is so caring and dedicated to providing the best possible care to our patients, and we have a lot of fun together at work. It’s a joy to work closely with such talented and knowledgeable people who also have incredibly kind hearts. Our patients and their families are so much fun to interact with, and there’s always a positive and upbeat feeling in the clinic.

Family and Community

I recently moved to Toronto from Winnipeg with my husband and am really enjoying getting to know my new community. The city is so exciting and I’m having fun exploring Toronto and all the amazing communities nearby. I enjoy staying active, and can usually be found running, at spin class, doing yoga, or walking outside on a nice day. I also love spending time with my family and friends, and try to see them as much as possible.

Dr. Krista Lee

BSc, DDS, Cert. Ortho.
I am enthusiastic and passionate about what I do and I feel very lucky to be an orthodontist. I get to meet new people every day in the office, and I always learn a lot about them. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to impact the lives of others in a positive way.Because I see my patients every month for a couple of years, I really get a chance to get to know them, watching the young ones grow and mature. It makes me the happiest when a patient comes in and is excited be here and wants to share good news with me, like graduating, getting straight A’s, or their first goal at a soccer game. They know that I’m interested in them, I care, and I am proud of their accomplishments.

I appreciate that they are willing to let me help them with their smiles, and that they are willing to do their part, too. It’s a team effort because the orthodontist, the patient, the family, and the staff all have to work together to create beautiful smiles!


  • Bachelors of Science, University of Western Ontario
  • Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
  • General Practice Residency, University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital
  • Orthodontic Specialty, New York University in Manhattan
  • Board Eligible for the American Board of Orthodontists
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada

Continuing Education

During my time at New York University, I was an instructor for the Invisalign® course for dental students, and the orthodontic course for the dental honors students. I’ve learned so much during my education and enjoy sharing this knowledge with my patients and staff.

I’ve also published research in the American Journal of Orthodontics, Journal of Canadian Dentistry, and Oral Health. Our profession is moving toward evidenced-based practices and I think it’s very important to help support this.

While practicing as a general dentist, I had the opportunity to provide dental care to the First Nations’ population in the Northwest Territories, Northern Manitoba, and the Queen Charlotte Islands in BC. I also had the opportunity to provide dental outreach to children’s hospitals and orphanages in Vietnam and Cambodia, which was very rewarding. Locally, LA Orthodontics is proud to support the Sick Kids Foundation.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Association for Orthodontics
  • American Association for Orthodontics
  • Northeastern Society for Orthodontics

Family and Community

I grew up in Vancouver, BC, and am very excited to be part of the Stouffville community! We have recently joined the Whitchurch-Stouffville Chamber of Commerce and I have met many great people and everyone has been very welcoming. My family in Vancouver includes my parents, younger brother and sister, and my older brother in Singapore. All of us are very close and get along well. In my spare time, I enjoy ballet, travel, cooking, and snorkeling.

Dr. Edina Heder

MScDent., DMD, Cert. Pedo.
I love kids. They are fun-loving and you can joke around with them all day long. That’s why I find my work in pediatric dentistry so rewarding. I get to spend time with some of the brightest, most fun people in the world, helping them stay healthy and develop good habits for a lifetime of wellness.


Before becoming a dentist, I attained the following education:

  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree, University of Manitoba
  • Clinical Director of the Undergraduate Pediatric Dentistry, University of Manitoba
  • Pediatric Dentistry Certificate and Masters Degree in Dentistry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Continuing Education

I maintain memberships with several professional organizations that ensure I stay informed about the latest technology and techniques in my field. I belong to the following associations:

  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • York Region Dental Society
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

In the Practice

I am proud to be a part of this practice and to associate with so many excellent professionals. I have a strong sense of home here, which is very important to me. My family moved from Bosnia when I was a child and we settled in Winnipeg where I grew up. After earning my DMD degree, I practiced and taught there before going to New Jersey to specialize. I moved to Ontario after graduating from the pediatric program to become a part of the LA team. I love the variety of my work and how friendly the atmosphere at the office is every day. It not only makes my job as nice as it is, it also helps provide a great atmosphere for my patients. Having a positive experience at the dentist as a child can make a big difference in person’s lifelong outlook on oral health.

Family and Community

My husband and I live in Gormley, Ontario where we are happy to raise our very active children. The kids keep us busy with a variety of activities, including gymnastics at Pulsars and swimming in Stouffville. I enjoy all of the time I get to spend at home and in my community with my family.

Dr. Zhemeng Wang

DDS, Cert. Pedo.
First and foremost, I love children. They inspire me every day to have more fun and to be more energetic, creative, and optimistic. I am very lucky that, as a pediatric dentist, my job gives me the opportunity to interact with kids all day long, and to help them with their oral health and overall health.


  • Bachelor’s degree, McGill University
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, University of Western Ontario
  • Advanced Training in Pediatric Dentistry, New York University College of Dentistry

Continuing Education

I greatly value the importance of keeping up with the latest advances in my field. Throughout the year, I attend several conferences and continuing education courses offered by my professional associations, which include:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Chinese Canadian Dental Society

In the Practice

I truly believe that I work at one of the finest teams in the field of oral health. It is wonderful to be a part of an organization that cares so deeply for patients and works to provide the best treatment setting possible. I am confident that my patients will be comfortable in this practice and committed in providing a great experience at each visit.

Family and Community

I really love Toronto and all the opportunities it provides. I am proud of my work with the Chinese Canadian Dental Society, of which I am a past president, as well as the educational sessions I have conducted at several schools in Richmond Hill and Markham. In my leisure time, I like to be with family and friends, whether it’s catching a movie or exploring one of Toronto’s excellent restaurants. I stay fit by running and practicing yoga. I also like to travel when I get the chance.

Dr. Anthony Antoniazzi

BSc, DDS, Cert. Ortho.
I feel very privileged to be an orthodontist, because my profession has truly changed the way people smile. Orthodontics can have a positive impact on self-esteem and it is amazing to see the changes it can have on an individual’s self-confidence. I truly feel as though I have the greatest job in the world, and I enjoy coming to work every day. Because our practice treats both children and adults, we are very fortunate to meet many different people and build personal and professional relationships with them. Not only can we help our patients, but we can also learn from them.

We have a strong, team approach at the office, hopefully making every treatment more efficient and enjoyable. My team and I have the experience and knowledge required to create beautiful smiles, and, best of all, we love what we do! My profession allows me to give back to the community, and to give confidence through a new smile!


  • Bachelor of Science Degree – Laurentian University
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Western Ontario
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Orthodontic Specialty – Jacksonville University, Florida
  • Board Eligible for the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada

Continuing Education

I have been exposed to a wide variety of continuing education courses which have helped mold the way I practice orthodontics. We believe in an evidence-based approach when employing new techniques in our practice. Not only do we take into consideration the dental literature and doctors’ experience and expertise, but we also truly value patients’ input.

As a part of my continuing education, I dedicated a full year to focusing on crown and bridge and implant dentistry. As many complex orthodontic cases require an interdisciplinary-approach, it is helpful to have this background and understanding when I am planning treatment and communicating with the dentists of our patients.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Association of Orthodontics
  • Progressive Orthodontist Study Group

Family and Community

I am originally from Kirkland Lake and really enjoy the similarities I have found here in Stouffville. Everyone is warm and friendly, and even though it’s a big city, it has the charm and feeling of a small town! My parents still live up north and own a pharmacy in Kirkland Lake, and I have two older sisters and four really fun nephews! In my spare time, I enjoy golf, fishing, hockey, live music, and doing anything outdoors.

I am new to the Stouffville area but in the past I have been active in my community through coaching youth sports, especially hockey, baseball, and volleyball. I also volunteer for the Christmas Wish Foundation and Meals on Wheels. I understand the importance of being a community-minded citizen and I am excited to become an active member of the Stouffville community!