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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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8/14/18  10:12 pm
Commenter: Jason Margolis

Strongly opposed

Strongly opposed to this amendment. To pass this amendment will allow non-specialists to pose as an individual which would be misconstrued for someone with advanced formal training. WE as healthcare providers took an oath to "do no harm". This amendment allows those individuals seeking to advertise themselves as something they are not, which in turn would undoubtedly lead to doing harm to the public. 


This amendment will only allow less regulation, devalue our credibility as a healthcare profession and increase the risk to the general public. As a whole, our profession is upstanding and work together to maintain the highest standard of care toward our patients as a team approach, working side-by-side with the general dentists and their respective specialists. 


The few individuals whom want to mislead the general public by advertising a specific skill by which they are not formally trained is deceitful, immoral and unethical. I challenge those individuals to consider re-entering the formal educational process of an ADA CODA-accredited specialty to obtain the rigorous formal training and better their knowledge and skill to provide the highest standard of care as opposed to modifying this amendment to a play on words. 


Thank you for your consideration in maintaining the integrity of our dental healthcare standards for the general publics safety.