Morphological features of the microdistribution of naturally occurring 210Pb/210Po and 226Ra in the teeth of children and juveniles

PR James, JJ Close, PA Keitch, JE Allen, AP Fews, DL Henshaw

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the microdistribution of natural α-radioactivity in deciduous teeth of children and the permanent teeth of juveniles extracted for orthodontic purpose from across the UK. Materials and methods: The microdistribution of 210Pb-supported 210Po and 226Ra in 708 deciduous and permanent teeth and 32 foetal teeth was measured on 1442 TASTRAK α-particle track detectors. Results: Of the various findings, a number are of special interest. Around half of the 210Pb activity in the outer enamel of deciduous teeth appears to have been acquired in utero as a result of transplacental transfer. In deciduous and permanent teeth, 226Ra is concentrated mainly in the circumpulpal region, while the highest levels of 210Po are on the highly calcified outer enamel surface. Furthermore, activity concentrations recorded on this surface were ln-normally distributed. Conclusions: 210Pb-supported 210Po activity on the outer enamel surface of permanent teeth constitutes an assay of cumulative environmental exposure with which to assess exposure in bone, both in utero and in childhood. Such assessment can be used to study geographical variations in the α-activity in teeth. More work is also required to determine the concentrations of both 210Po and 210Pb in the foetal skeleton.
Translated title of the contributionMorphological features of the microdistribution of naturally occurring 210Pb/210Po and 226Ra in the teeth of children and juveniles
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185 - 198
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Biology
Volume80 (3)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

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Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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