Pediatric dental radiography: safety, techniques and diagnostic applications


  • Roaa Mohammad Al Domyati Department of Pediatric Dentistry, East Jeddah Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Ghaida Mazen Zagzoog Ministry of Health, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulrahman Khalid Obaid Department of Dental Services, National Guard Health Affairs (NGHA), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Rawad Homoud Al Shehri West Riyadh Dental Center, First Health Cluster, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Randah Hamza Al Blowi College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • Khalid Yousef Shibatalhamd Dental Department, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Rahmah Mohammed Bahkali Dental Department, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Ahmed Ali Munthery Aljeel Medical and Trading Co. Ltd, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Mawadh Abdulrahman Demyati Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Shahad Amer Alshehri Ministry of Health, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • May Mohammed Hakami College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia



Pediatric dental radiography, Radiation exposure, Intraoral radiography, Extraoral radiography, Radiation reduction measures


Children, with their higher cellular metabolism, longer lifespans, and smaller bodies, require specific adjustments in X-ray settings. The increased mitotic cell activity in children, coupled with their longer life expectancy, raises concerns about the potential long-term effects of radiation exposure, such as tumor development or cancer-related deaths. Therefore, radiographs should be prescribed based on individual patient needs, balancing the necessity for diagnostic clarity with the risks of radiation. Radiographs play a vital role in the diagnosis of traumatic dental injuries, as they can reveal injuries that may not be apparent through clinical examination alone. In pediatric dentistry, radiography is essential for diagnosing dental caries, monitoring growth, and identifying developmental or pathological conditions. They are invaluable in treatment planning and assessing dentofacial structures. However, the decision to use radiography should follow a comprehensive assessment, considering each child's medical, dental, as well as the clinical background, as well as environmental factors. Special techniques and considerations are necessary for infants, young children, individuals with disabilities, as well as those with gag reflexes.


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How to Cite

Al Domyati, R. M., Zagzoog, G. M., Khalid Obaid, A., Al Shehri, R. H., Al Blowi, R. H., Shibatalhamd, K. Y., Bahkali, R. M., Munthery, A. A., Demyati, M. A., Alshehri, S. A., & Hakami, M. M. (2023). Pediatric dental radiography: safety, techniques and diagnostic applications. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 11(1), 533–539.



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