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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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9/5/18  11:57 am
Commenter: Christopher E. Bonacci DDS MD PC

Strongly oppose

It is the responsibility of The Board of Dentistry to protect the citizens of Virginia.  Their mandate is clear.  In no way does this action protect but actually endangers the public with false and misleading advertising.  I hold an MD license in VA as well as a DDS.  Are you advocating that I can now perform hernia, hemorrhoid, appendix or brain surgery?  I spent months on these surgical services.  I could pull it off, I bet, under most circumstances.  But what is the point when we have specialists performing these services every day at a high level, having met graduation, specialization, Board and hospital certifications?  The benefit of a few aggressive generalists who did not sacrafice time, tuition, graduate level acceptance and ongoing performance evaluations should not supercede the benefit of the public at large.  The ADA has made a grave mistake.  Virginia should not follow in their footsteps.