Best clinical practice guidance for prescribing dental radiographs in children and adolescents: an EAPD policy document

J. Kühnisch, V. Anttonen, M. S. Duggal, M. Loizides Spyridonos, S. Rajasekharan, M. Sobczak, E. Stratigaki, J. W.G. Van Acker, J. K.M. Aps, K. Horner, K. Tsiklakis

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Background: The European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) proposes this best clinical practice guidance to help practitioners decide when and how to prescribe dental radiographs in children and adolescents. Methods: Four expert working groups conducted each a systematic review of the literature. The main subjects were radiation protection, intraoral dental radiography (bitewing and periapical radiographs), panoramic radiography (PR) and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). In addition, three workshops were held during the corresponding EAPD Interim Seminar in Chania (Crete, Greece) in 2019. On the basis of the identified evidence, all invited experts presented their findings and during the workshops aspects of clinical relevance were discussed. Results: Several clinical-based recommendations and statements were agreed upon. Conclusion: There is no or low-grade evidence about the efficacy of dental radiographic examinations in young populations. The given recommendations and rationales should be understood as best clinical practice guidance. It is essential to respect the radiological principles of an individualized and patient-specific justification. When a dental radiograph is required, its application needs to be optimized, aiming at limiting the patient’s exposure to ionising radiation according to the ALADAIP principle (As Low As Diagnostically Achievable being Indication-oriented and Patient-specific).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-386
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Archives of Paediatric Dentistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


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