|Action||Amendment to restriction on advertising dental specialties|
|Comment Period||Ends 9/5/2018|
The fact that this action is even being considered underscores the importance of transparency about who is qualified to provide specialized care. There is a profound difference between a general dentist who is exposed to specialized training in a CE, weekend-course-type format (even for hundreds of hours) and a specialist who completes a two-three year treatment-based intensive cirriculum. If this isn't obvious on its face, then the results (at least orthodontically--as I am an orthodontist) clearly speak for themselves. It is dangerous enough that general dentists are embarking on inappropriate orthodontic odysseys with their patients as it is. This action would encourage something being done on the fringes with unsatisfactory results. In the interests of public health, we need to be acting to discourage this behavior not encourage it!