One year ago, I wrote a post about my experience of forced x-ray during a dental visit: Tough love or over the boundary?
Today I had another dental visit for regular maintenance care of teeth cleaning. The same thing happened again.
After my name was called, I followed the dental hygienist in. She directed me right to the place where she would take a full mouth x-ray of me. I refused.
I said I had just had an x-ray not long ago. I didn’t want to do it again. She said it would be a different kind of x-ray. I was ordered to do it. If I don’t do it, they could refuse to see me as a patient.
So I had a talk with the dentist. I shared my two reasons for not wanting to do an x-ray.
First, I think I have healthy teeth and I don’t need x-ray. I don’t want to be exposed to unnecessary radiation.
Second, I want to contribute to keeping the health care cost down in this country by doing only the procedure and treatment that is necessary.
I said I am an adult and can take full responsibility of my health. I won’t hold them responsible if there are problems with my teeth that can’t be detected without the x-ray they wanted to take.
This male dentist was nice enough to let me go this time.
Now I dread to visit the dentist office. Every time I visit the dentist office, I feel like I have to fight the same battle.