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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  9:30 am
Commenter: Ryan C Anderson DDS, Periodontal Health Associates


I am strongly opposed to the proposed change in legislation.  I believe that this will allow underqualified individuals to mislead the public through advertising to bring them into their practice and then not be able to provide the same level of care as a true board certified specialist who has graduated from an accredited program.  Over time, moves such as this will undermine the relevancy of the graduate level programs and will ultimately result in fewer applicants and attendees.  I believe that this will have ramifications many years in the future with the general public not being able to find many qualified specialists due to lack of desire to attend multi-year programs with no tangible rewards for doing so.