Kids and Dental X-Rays

Guest Host:

Mark Fisher
Kids and Dental X-Rays

Recent studies linking dental x-rays to brain tumors and cancers later in life have some parents panicked about their kids' checkups. We explore the risks of dental x-rays--and the possible consequences of avoiding them.

Recent studies linking dental x-rays to brain tumors and cancers later in life have some parents panicked about their kids' checkups. Adding to the debate is a recent report showing that many more preschoolers are getting multiple cavities, most of which can't be seen with just an oral exam. Although modern dental x-rays are considered far safer than in the past, new technologies like 3-D scans can mean increased radiation exposure. We explore why and when dental x-rays are necessary.

Guests

Alan Lurie

President, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology; professor, Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences; Chair, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences; Chair, Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.

Ricardo Perez

Pediatric dentist in private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland

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