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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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8/30/18  8:18 am
Commenter: Scott Sachs, LWSS Family Dentistry and Dentistry for Children

Very Strongly Oppose

If Virgina adopts revisions that dilute the meaning of a specialist, patients (children) may receive improper treatment from general dentists who treat children, including but not limited to the following: poor diagnosis; poor treatment planning; failure to assess growth and development anamolies; poor patient interaction. Pediatric dentistry requires a residency with advanced training after dental school to learn to manage, diagnose, treat, and interact with the developing child. I strongly believe that providers who market themselves as "children's dentists"  or "kid's dentists" should all have the same advanced level of traning, that is, a pediatric dental residency from an accrediated CODA institution. I have personally seen numerous clinical cases of children who received improper treatment from general dental  providers