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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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8/11/18  1:58 pm
Commenter: Thanos Ntounis DDS,MS

Strongly opposed to the proposed Specialty Advertising proposal.

It is trully disheartening to see such proposed action being discussed. In the interest of the patient population of Virginia, I oppose the proposed change. It is misleading and dangerous to the public for a practitioner to advertise as specialist in any area without the necessary formal training. Residency programs that are CODA- accredited provide the necesary Knoweldge, Skills AND attitudes that constitute a specialist! 

In case that this proposed change goes through, I am concerned that the Virginia Dental Board will face significant increase in patient complaints and possible malpractice lawsuits that will undermine the public's trust to Doctors of our state. 

As a young father, I am considering a scenario where my child would need specialty care. It is my right to trully know if the Doctor has gone through rigorous accredite training prior to claiming he is a specialist! I am sure you feel the same. I urge you to oppose the proposed change on Specialty advertising.