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<p>This is what the dentist told me. My kids have only been Xrayed once, two years ago. The dentist said, for their appointment they must be Xrayed. This seems kind of dangerous, unnecessary and excessive to me. Really, every single year?</p>
 

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<p>My kids got x-rays once when they were about 4 just to check.  Our medical covers dental checkups (the whole shabang) once every 6 months, and each</p>
<p>time the dentist asks me if we want the kids xrayed, but we refuse. Same for the fluoride.  We don't see it as being necessary since my kids don't complain</p>
<p>of tooth aches, they brush very well, floss everyday, etc.<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mama Soltera</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280565/are-yearly-xrays-really-necessary-for-children#post_16059182"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>This is what the dentist told me. My kids have only been Xrayed once, two years ago. The dentist said, for their appointment they must be Xrayed. This seems kind of dangerous, unnecessary and excessive to me. Really, every single year?</p>
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<p>Thanks all for your replies. We are close to the coast, so nearly ocean level. Flouride is definitely my other issue!</p>
 

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<p>I'm for selective x-rays ... I can see them on occasion to ensure the teeth have grown in fine, and if there is any major issues in my kids mouths.  But I had a former dentist who used to x-ray every visit as a means for catching cavities early.  I don't think that is necessary ... besides, we don't have any dental coverage :)</p>
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<p>btw, we don't do flouride either</p>
 

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<p>A very eye-opening article today in the NY Times about the radiation methods used by dentists:</p>
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<p>Unless your child has a history of cavities, or complains of disconfort, I would decline the x rays.  My daighter is going to the dentist today for a cleaning, and we are going to decline xrays and floride.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kkfum</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280565/are-yearly-xrays-really-necessary-for-children#post_16068610"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>A very eye-opening article today in the NY Times about the radiation methods used by dentists:</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/us/23scan.html?hp" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/us/23scan.html?hp</a></p>
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<p>We moved to the UK a couple of years ago and I was surprised to find they don't do x-rays here unless there's a suspected problem/compelling reason for having them done. They say they're dangerous and generally unnecessary (although the NHS may also be wanting to save money!). Either way, we take good care of DD's teeth, and her dad and I have never had any cavities either, so I'm more than happy to skip them.</p>
 

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<p>I would skip them.  You never know when people might <em>need</em> an x-ray, and lifetime exposure counts, so will build up exposure needlessly?</p>
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<p>I would go in expecting a little argument, though.  Dentists and hygienists do like to push the xrays!</p>
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