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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
Action Amendment to restriction on advertising dental specialties
Comment Period Ends 9/5/2018
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8/8/18  9:51 am
Commenter: Joshua Fein, DDS, MS

Strongly opposed

I would like to add my opposition to the excellent posts already listed. 

Dental specialty training is a rigorous multi-year undertaking that leads to clear improvements in outcomes and most importantly, improved safety for our patients.  The public cannot be expected to know the difference between a properly trained specialist and one advertising as such with no formal training.  This regulation change would lead to widespread confusion and misinformation that would end in harm to patients and would discourage graduating specialists from coming to Virginia for fear that their hard earned specialty certificate would be undervalued. 

This proposal is outrageous, irresponsible, and harmful to the people of Virginia.