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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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8/16/18  6:55 am
Commenter: Herb Hughes DDS

Protect the public and oppose the amendment


I strongly oppose the amendment to restriction on advertising dental specialties for the simple reason is that it puts the general public at risk. It is our duty to create and maintain rules and regulations that have the philosophy of “Do No Harm”. Throughout my 32 year career, I’ve seen numerous cases where non-specialists have attempted to treat patients with clear aligners only to find out after the fact that it was improperly diagnosed and treated. I recently had an orthodontic transfer case from Houston where a general dentist spent over 3 years and 13 refinements in an attempt to correct an anterior crossbite only to find out that she had failed to make the proper diagnosis and as a result, the patient is in the process of having orthognathic surgery in order to establish a normal bite relationship. Protect the public and oppose the amendment.