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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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8/16/18  10:31 pm
Commenter: Albert Parulis, DMD

Strongly opposed

The unethical practice of advertising specialty level care as a non-board certified/eligibe specialist is a true disservice to the patient population that deserves the board's responsibility as their number one priority, which is to protect the patient.  Fortunately, the vast majority of dental professionals practice safely, and defer care to those better suited for their patients' care to experienced, educated specialists when appropriate.  As a board certified OMFS, there are numerous occasions when I refere patients to ENT, Plastic and Reconstructie Surgery, other dental specialists, etc., if it is in the patient's best interest.  I implore you to not weaken the dental profession by encouraging unethical advertising, it will only hurt the profession.  Thank you.