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Old 08-06-2019, 03:27 PM
 
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Just had my teeth cleaned today. I'm on the 6 month rotation. Pretty good with brushing and flossing.

At every cleaning, I decline the x-rays. My philosophy is that if I don't have symptoms, I don't need x-rays. It seems to me that the dentist is just getting them every year because the insurance company will pay for them. I haven't gotten x-rays in over 6 years and I'm just fine.

Today I got flack from the receptionist because I never get x-rays. Am I in the right or the wrong?

 
Old 08-06-2019, 04:17 PM
 
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You're in the wrong.
 
Old 08-06-2019, 04:28 PM
 
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You are going to get an earful soon (last time I posted about this in this forum I was told what a horrible mother I was) but IMO if you don't have issues you don't need x-rays every year or even every 2-3 years. I go at least 3-5 years between x-rays.

For the record I don't have any root canals or major dental issues.
 
Old 08-06-2019, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP: You can do what you choose..I have declined xrays starting about 10 yrs ago. At first they gave me a dirty look and then started having me sign releases which I did.

As far as rehasing and popcorn, don't get the comments but we've discussed this issue before and some have to harp about it. oh well it takes a lot. We all have control over what we choose to do with all doctors as far as I see it and it took me a lot of years to "get that"..
 
Old 08-06-2019, 04:35 PM
 
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Okay, if you want a real answer with real reasons, read these official recommendations:

https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publ...2012.pdf?la=en


OTH... you could become your very own dentist and do your very own dental work. I bet you can buy a DIY dental kit on amazon. You could diagnosis yourself, write yourself a treatment plan, and then DIY.

yay
 
Old 08-06-2019, 05:27 PM
 
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I'd like to know from non-dentists who aren't biased in getting the fees from these useless x-rays.
 
Old 08-06-2019, 05:31 PM
 
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This topic comes up every 3-4 months. I can tell you that without an x-ray I would have one less tooth, so I don’t find them useless. I was having a tooth being eaten from the inside out (resorption). I had fairly regular dental visits, so if I had skipped out on the x-ray, the tooth would just have been totally gone. Unlike many cavities, it did not hurt at all and the outside of the tooth was fully intact.
 
Old 08-06-2019, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Hey, it's your money. Spend it, or don't spend it, how you want.
 
Old 08-06-2019, 05:37 PM
 
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Hey, it's your money. Spend it, or don't spend it, how you want.
Actually it's the insurance company's money. I don't pay anything. But it annoys me that health care costs are driven up, up, up because of unnecessary tests.
 
Old 08-06-2019, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Actually it's the insurance company's money. I don't pay anything. But it annoys me that health care costs are driven up, up, up because of unnecessary tests.
The older I get the more and more I believe this to be so true. I get no tests and doing just fine in my 80th yr. Nothing is free, all insurance is paid for whether from your employer or however. Insurance companies are not poor companies.
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