Dr. Mallery's personal stance on digital X-rays:
Currently, the radiation-free technology that most holistic dentists are waiting on is not yet available. Dr. Mallery understands the concerns with ionizing radiation exposure with dental x-rays, however due to standards of practice, she must follow the guidelines for taking radiographs until an alternative is available.
We follow the Principle of ALARA (AS Low as Reasonably Achievable). Our office uses digital x-rays, which offer the fastest exposure and the least amount of radiation possible.
Digital x-rays expose you to 80-90% less radiation than conventional x-rays. Each patient's radiograph needs are a case by case basis. If a patient has had history of heavy decay in the past, more radiographs are necessary in order to avoid missing recurrent decay. Recurrent decay is decay that forms beneath an existing filling that may no longer be sealing the tooth. If a patient has had zero or limited areas of decay, less radiographs are required at the exam appointment.
Why are x-rays needed?
We cannot diagnose all conditions concerning your teeth and surrounding structures with just a visual exam. X-rays are needed to see decay, impacted teeth, bone loss, abscesses, eruption patterns and pathology of the jaw.
The state of Florida regulations requires that dentists perform an exam before a cleaning. A cleaning is a prescription based procedure that requires an exam occurs at least every 13 months. Professional standards of dentistry include x-rays as part of the exam. In order to do a complete thorough exam and accurately diagnose conditions, x-rays may be required by Dr. Mallery. Dr. Mallery will determine x-ray frequency on her patients based on ADA guidelines. This is specific to each patient and is based on age, decay risk, periodontal health, medical and dental history.
Our office is waiting for the FDA to approve dental diagnostic devices that do not emit ionizing radiation. Until then, x-rays are required for our patients.
However we also understand that radiation is a concern and have researched ways for our patients to protect themselves from the required x-rays.
It is best to start these up to 3 weeks prior to having x-rays done:
Methylcobalamin: 1,000ug daily
Niacinamide: 500mg daily
Vitamin E succinate: 400 IU twice a day
N-acetyl-L-cysteine: 750mg daily
Folate: 800ug daily
Vitamin C (buffered): 500mg three times a day on an empty stomach
Alpha-Lipoic acid: 200mg two times a day
Quercetin: 500mg three times a day