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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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9/1/18  8:29 pm
Commenter: April Bridges-Poquis, DDS

Strongly Oppose

I strongly oppose this change. I am an orthodontist practicing in Richmond and have unfortunately seen first-hand the irreversible damage done by non-specialists  Proper treatment must first start with a proper treatment plan  A proper treatment plan must be developed around a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s cephalometric analysis as well as their dental and facial concerns. I’ve seen cases where teeth were not extracted when they should have been and vice-versa because a generalist failed to take into account the cephalometric analysis or facial analysis when attempting a treatment plan. The public needs to be educated and informed that specialists have invested in additional years of training and committed to practicing only their specialty so that they can provide the very best service for them. We must protect the public. 

April Bridges-Poquis, DDS,  VCU Alumni