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|Originally posted by Raven1
I don't think the exposure would be "all that bad", but the less the better, kwim?? It is a cumulative exposure that builds up over a lifetime; better to save your allotment/safe levels for when they are actually NEEDED! JMO.
I am also leary of xrays, and ALWAYS get the ones from the previous dentist (though they sometimes need to take others, depending on the time frames) But these are current xrays, and since YOU (or your insurance) paid for them, they are YOURS.
Demand them. Sometimes, they will not give them to you, but will only send them to the new dentist. If that is the case, give them the addy, tell them to send them on ASAP. AND give the new office THEIR number/sick them on them, LOL!
I also had this issue with a dentist once, who refused to do a non merc filling for my son (ignored my concerns/research, told me merc was perf. safe and besides, it couldn't be done w/o merc on the tooth in question) so I just found a non merc dentist who did it, no problem, and sent for the xrays; the first office was very reluctant (lost business, I suppose), but the new office did get them for us.
This time, just today, I called his old dentist THIS morning (I forgot all about it until last night!) and asked for copies by 10 am (his appointment was at 11). THey had them ready and waiting, no questions, no difficulties at all.
Oh, and they "are required to" keep the originals, supposedly, not sure if this is true or just their policy, but it is one I have encountered more than once. They WILL NOT give you the originals, only copies (and theat snotty office I spoke of above sent really poor copies, which we were barely able to use!)
I figure, hey, I BOUGHT them, they are MINE! JMO
ANyway, best of luck! Be firm and do not expose your child to an unnecessary radiation exposure if you can avoid it! If you can't, don't worry over it.
Kimberly, mom to Forest, 11 and Lily, 3
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