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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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9/4/18  8:57 am
Commenter: Sherif N. Elhady DDS MS

Strongly Oppose

I strongly oppose this measure and am dumbfounded more by the motivations that prompted such a suggestion than by the suggestion of changing the law itself. The board needs to be transparent in how such a regulation would lead to a better outcome for the dental health of the general public.


By removing any specialty designation, the public, which is already very confused when it comes to who delivers their dental care, will have even less available truthful information on their practitioners skill level in delivering a given procedure.

As I know not one board member who understands dentistry would send their child to a general dentist to do their orthodontics or to a general dentist to do a grafting procedure, it does not seem ethically responsible that you would allow the general public to proceed with these decisions with clear misguidance through advertising.