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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  1:12 pm
Commenter: Josephina Lac, DDS., MS. Pediatric Dentist.

Opposed Strongly, please consider the innocent children's healthy care.

Dear Ms. Reen and all members of Virginia Board of Dentistry:

I have been working in pediatric field since my residency, in Boston, Maryland and Virginia.  I have heard and seen lots of poor dental work done by certain general dentists in children's mouth, and have been repairing for them all these years. 

Parents do not know about the quality of dental work, or how important it is to maintain healthy primary teeth, because we (the pediatric dentists) could not tell them who did what, and who did not know how to treat pre-matured or special-needed children.  Most of the cases, the children who came to a Pediatric dentist were pretty traumatized for their dental works, or suffered from infectious diseases without even being noticed by their parents until they were treated by us. 

Some parents did not know their children needed to be seen by a special dentist if they themsselves have not been to a dentist for any reason.  Some parents did not even know how to find a pediatric dentist, let alone how to identify a dentist who advertised "pediatric dentist" from the one who were truely / genuinely trained by the accredited Pediatric Academy, who went through all the hospital trainning for all kinds of potential emergency and who would properly maintaining all PALS, CPR, and proper licenses for sedation, prescription, and special continuing educations which focus on children. 

Please be the advocates for all children and not allowing additional misleading and ambiguous advertisment used by dentists who claimed they are specialties but were not.  Thank you for your consideration and may God bless the children. 

Sincerely yours, 

Josephina Lac, DDS., MS.