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Old 12-25-2019, 04:43 PM
 
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It’s not just about the doctor; it’s also about you as a patient having the right to accept or reject the x-ray after being informed of the benefits and risks.

And the OP did reject; as was his right. But that doesn't make the dentist wrong for saying they were needed.
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Old 12-25-2019, 04:49 PM
 
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And the OP did reject; as was his right. But that doesn't make the dentist wrong for saying they were needed.
It sure doesn't. It's just that this was a teaching hospital so I can see why they'd like to do more x-rays.
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Old 12-25-2019, 05:01 PM
 
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I'm just saying that medical care is not like a lunch buffet where you pick and choose what you want. The doctor offers you options and you choose from those options. Or go elsewhere to find your dream practice.
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Old 12-25-2019, 05:07 PM
 
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I'm just saying that medical care is not like a lunch buffet where you pick and choose what you want. The doctor offers you options and you choose from those options. Or go elsewhere to find your dream practice.
A teaching hospital is probably the last place you'd find a dream practice. Buyer beware!
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Old 12-26-2019, 07:20 AM
 
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Dentists do too many x-rays and dental x-rays may pose a risk for brain tumors. If there is a dental issue that can't be figured out without an x-ray, doing an x-ray seems reasonable. Doing x-rays annually, when no dental issue is present, seems excessive, when the radiation could cause a different health issue.



You want to limit your exposure to radiation as much as possible. Deciding to go elsewhere for care so that you are not a guinea pig for teaching hospital interns and residents to look at 18 xrays, is a good choice.



https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer...se-cancer.html
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Old 12-26-2019, 11:14 AM
 
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Dentists do too many x-rays and dental x-rays may pose a risk for brain tumors. If there is a dental issue that can't be figured out without an x-ray, doing an x-ray seems reasonable. Doing x-rays annually, when no dental issue is present, seems excessive, when the radiation could cause a different health issue.



You want to limit your exposure to radiation as much as possible. Deciding to go elsewhere for care so that you are not a guinea pig for teaching hospital interns and residents to look at 18 xrays, is a good choice.



https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer...se-cancer.html
How do you know there is no dental issue present if you do not take an x-ray?
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Old 12-26-2019, 06:29 PM
 
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No pain elsewhere and the problem tooth was identified with a couple x rays. A good dentist will look in the mouth and can find the issue without an xray.
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Old 12-26-2019, 08:12 PM
 
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No pain elsewhere and the problem tooth was identified with a couple x rays. A good dentist will look in the mouth and can find the issue without an xray.

C'mon, Bart0323...everyone knows if there is no pain then there is no probem!

My internist thought my chest pain could be cardiac. He tried to put his stethoscope on me but I swatted his hand away and told him he should be able to just look at me and find the issue.
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Old 12-27-2019, 12:53 AM
 
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C'mon, Bart0323...everyone knows if there is no pain then there is no probem!

My internist thought my chest pain could be cardiac. He tried to put his stethoscope on me but I swatted his hand away and told him he should be able to just look at me and find the issue.
Except a stethoscope is a non-invasive instrument that stays on the outside of the body and doesn't emit harmful radiation.
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Old 12-30-2019, 07:50 AM
 
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A good dentist will look in the mouth and can find the issue without an xray.
Would you please go to my dental school and tell this to all my professors? They would love to know that we've been doing it wrong all these decades.
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