Many people, especially pregnant women, are concerned about the radiation affects from dental x-rays. Debbie Cobb of Health Watch interviewed Dr. Kremer to discus this exact topic. Below is the video interview and transcription, or you can watch it on YouTube.
Radiation Concerns from Dental X-rays
Debbie Cobb: 00:04
X-rays can help a visit to the dentist move along much more quickly. They help the doctor narrow in on a problem. But should you be worried about the affects of radiation and birth defects? Dr. Kevin Kremer joins us with the answer to that. Obviously if you have a dental problem and you're nine months along, you don't want to wait that long. So is radiation a concern Dr. Kremer?
Dr. Kremer: 00:24
Well Debbie, radiation as we know it, it's never a good thing. But like anything in healthcare we have to measure the pros and the cons. Now radiation's a part of our daily lives. From the international atomic energy agency, we receive from air, food, and water, the ground, and outer space, a certain amount of radiation every year and every day.
Debbie Cobb: 00:43
So what are the biggest concerns with radiation, Dr. Kremer?
Dr. Kremer: 00:46
Well, the thing we look at is birth defects. We look at human fetuses. And the threshold for those defects are in the 150 to 250,000 range of something we call microsieverts.
Debbie Cobb: 00:59
Okay. So how does that apply to dentistry?
Dr. Kremer: 01:01
A typical dental image is only around 150. So it's such a minute amount that there is no statistical risk to the human fetus by less than 1000 fold.
Debbie Cobb: 01:12
And the safety steps that you take now have improved dramatically.
Dr. Kremer: 01:16
Exactly. The radiation is so low that the use of a lead apron to reduce fetal dose could be considered irrelevant as found by the research 2015 Kelaranta and Associates.
Debbie Cobb: 01:28
And so overall, to take care of your dental care, the necessity for radiation is important but it's not as dangerous.
Dr. Kremer: 01:36
We don't want someone to miss out on taking care of a problem during pregnancy because they're worried about an x-ray.
Debbie Cobb: 01:42
All right, Dr. Kremer, thank you so much. Great information. If you need more information on our topic, go to actionnewsnow.com and click on features.
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