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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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9/3/18  11:04 pm
Commenter: Benjamin T Overstreet

Strongly Oppose

As a dental specialist, it truly upsets me that the American Board of Dental Specialist is trying to make it easier for the general dentist to obtain the title of a dental specialist.  The requirements for the general dentist are far less than the recognized CODA requirements.  As a periodontist it took 3 years of hard work, a lot of sacrifice from my family, and a lot of increased debt in order to be able to become a periodontist.  3 years is necessary for a person to be competetnt in a specialty and not the significantly reduced requirements of ABDS.  This will be very misleading to the general public and infact will be a great disservice to them.  I hope that you will recognize the importance of this matter and will look to back the current CODA requirements.


Ben Overstreet DDS, MS

Board certified Periodontist