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. 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.