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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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8/23/18  10:36 am
Commenter: Dr. Ralph H.B. Anderson

Specialist are.....?

I strongly disagree with the proposed advertising changes which would allow any doctor to indicate that they were a specialist without having the comencerate traing and education that would pertain to that degree or certificate. It would definitely confuse the public who could be duped by wording or ommison of facts! Specialists as you know undergo years of additional training and education. A weekend course or merely completing a dental program does not make one a “specialist.”  Under this logic a physician would be able to perform heart surgery without any additional training or education! Absurd! Would a general dentist be allowed to do a Lefort Orthoganthic Surgical procedure? Why would our state board allow such? It makes no logical sense and discounts or eliminates the need for proper training under certified institutions. Please vote down this ridiculous proposal!