Radiation exposure is a concern for many. When it comes to dental x-rays, the fear of undergoing unnecessary exposure may cause your patients to resist having their x-rays taken. But the benefits of x-rays, when properly administered, outweigh the costs to your patients’ health by far. Make sure you accurately inform patients about how dental x-rays serve them. You can also address any patient concerns with the tips below.
Patient concern #1: Will dental x-rays give me cancer?
According to the National Academies’ National Research Council, radiation does pose a risk for cancer—but only a small one. The American Dental Association adds: “Radiation exposure associated with dentistry represents a minor contribution to the total exposure from all sources.”
Patient concern #2: Are x-rays really necessary?
You can approach this question by conveying what patients could lose by not having their x-rays taken, including the detection of a number of serious conditions in their early stages or invisible to the naked eye: decay between teeth or below fillings, periodontal disease, bone infections and some types of tumors, to name a few.
Patient concern #3: Will x-rays harm my child? Pregnant patients may fear the harms of exposing their unborn children to dental x-ray radiation. Yet, the ADA claims that x-rays may be needed as part of a dental disease treatment plan. Plus, leaded aprons and thyroid collars worn during the x-ray procedure protect both mother and child. And once the baby reaches childhood, x-rays are also helpful in preventing and detecting problems prevalent during this time, such as tooth decay.
As you address these concerns and make your x-ray procedures as effective as possible, also leverage top quality x-ray products that will get to you quickly and affordably. What other concerns do you have when it comes to patients accepting your procedures and treatments? Let us know in the comments!
This post is a featured article from Dr. Chris Olson located in Mesa Arizona.