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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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8/22/18  1:50 pm
Commenter: Paul H. Patterson, DDS,MS


It is obvious that the preponderence of responses in opposition to the proposed change in specialty advertising is rooted in members of the orthodontic community. So it would not be much of a stretch to infer that they are self-seving in this vociferous opposition. On the contrary, this proposed change is one of the most absurd proposals that the Board has had the opporunity to consider in recent memory. One step forward...ten steps back....back to the days of tooth drawers, snake oil and absolute deregulation. If approved, it would be a irreversible blot on the profession of dentistry and its attendant ethical standards.