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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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8/19/18  8:44 pm
Commenter: Dr. Thomas Padgett, D.M.D. Oral and Facial Surgeon

Strongly Opposed

I realize the BOD is in a difficult position and doesn't want a lawsuit for restricting trade which has been threatened in other states.  It is difficult for me to allow someone with less education to be able to advertise as a specialist in a particular area when he or she does not have the training or at least equivalent training.  This is deceptive to the public and dishonest. We have worked hard to achieve this education and it should not be circumvented by General Dentists or other Dentists seeking to inflate their status.  If the BOD cannot reject this proposal as some states already have, then at least mandate that a General Dentist or even another specialist who seeks to label themselves as a specialist in a certain field first make it known to the public that they are a General Dentist or another type of trained Dentist now listing themselves as a specialist or expert in this particular field.  Can you imagine if the Medical field did this.  What are we doing.  Please take a stand the safety of the public.