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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  12:45 pm
Commenter: Michael Dunegan, DDS, MS

Strongly oppose this change

For years the dental profession has had a wonderful system of certifying that specialists go through  rigorous post-doctoral training and testing.  The public for the most part knows and trust this, just as they know when their orthopedic surgeon is a specialist in this medical field, the surgeon has gone through a certified training and testing process.  To allow anyone to say they are a "speciialist" will do nothing but confuse the public.  It is misleading and not helpful to patients as they research their best options. So we are now going to have specialists with specia ADA  certified  training, testing and continuing education  and specialists who can just say they are a specialist because they feel like they have lots experience and courses.  There is nothing good that is going to come out of diluting the definition of a true dental specialist.  STRONGLY OPPOSE