|Action||Amendment to restriction on advertising dental specialties|
|Comment Period||Ends 9/5/2018|
Advertising regulatory change in conflict with Virginia Dental Statutes?
Under Virginia Statute 54-1-2700 an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon is defined as a person who has successfully completed an Oral and Maxillofacial residency program approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Who an oral surgeon is is clearly defined in the statute. The regulatory change submitted by the Board of Dentistry on removing advertising restrictions for dental specialists I believe is in conflict with ( and may violate) the statute since it would allow dentists who are not oral surgeons to advertise as oral surgeons.
Virginia Statute 54-1-2706 Revocation or suspension and other sanctions, states that "Practicing outside the scope of the dentists or dental hygienist's education, training, and experience" is grounds for revocation of the dental or dental hygiene license. The regulatory change submitted by the Board of Dentistry on removing advertising restrictions for dental specialists I believe is in conflict with this statute in that it now allows a dentist to advertise that he or she is a specialist in an area whiere they may not have the education and training,