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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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8/31/18  3:56 pm
Commenter: Ashley A. Harman, DDS, Children's Dentistry of Virginia

Strongly Oppose

It would be misleading to the public to allow general dentists to advertise as a specialist, without having successfully completed an ADA CODA approved specialty training program. Specialists earn their certification and develop their expertise from YEARS of clinical and didactic training, most of which is barely even taught in dental school. Most specialists also complete an additional, rigorous certification process in order to attain board certification. We do all that we can, to be the best that we can be in our area of expertise for our patients. I truly believe this can only harm our patients and create distrust, in the eyes of the public, of dentistry as a whole. Thank you for your consideration.