Does My Child Need X-rays?


Small children do not typically get regular screening x rays until they are school age. Your child does not need screening x-rays if they have space between their baby teeth because it will allow the dentist to visually inspect the interproximal surfaces of teeth. Children usually need to have x-rays before their first permanent tooth erupts. 

In children, x-rays are used to:

  • check for interproximal tooth decay
  • determine if there is enough space in the mouth to fit all incoming teeth
  • check for the development of tooth decay
  • check for missing teeth
  • in the case of trauma to check the health of the insulted tooth