California Assemblymember Evan Low has introduced Assembly Bill 1519 (Amended) requiring orthodontists to expose unnecessary dental x-rays. In spite of the recommendations in the American Association of Orthodontist’s Clinical Practice Guidelines (Page 6, Paragraph 2) and the British Orthodontic Society’s Guidelines for the Use of Radiographs in Clinical Orthodontics (P. 27) regarding limited orthodontic treatment or limited tooth movement, Assemblymember Low’s bill will deem any type of orthodontic treatment that does not include x-rays as “unprofessional conduct”.
SEC. 44. Section 1680 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read: Unprofessional conduct by a person licensed under this chapter is defined as: (ah) The failure to review diagnostic digital or conventional radiographs or other equivalent bone imaging suitable for orthodontia prior to the diagnosis and correction of malpositions of human teeth or use of orthodontic appliances.
Assembly Bill 1519 (Amended) is a direct assault on teledentistry and in particular teleorthodontics. It is a blatant attempt by the legislature, driven by organized dentistry, to restrict trade and punish those providers who are expanding citizen’s access to safe and affordable orthodontic care via teledentistry.
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