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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  2:30 pm
Commenter: Kevin Toms, DDS

Strongly Oppose

Ms. Reen and the Board of Dentistry,

The current regulations are in place to protect the people of Virginia from false and misleading advertising.

The ADA has established a separate committee to evaluate the addition of other accredited specialties.  I think it would be in the boards best interest to NOT change or delay any decision until this committee has been allowed to fulfill its purpose.  Reference comments by Sean Murphy for the AAO.

I would hate to see the board litigated for failing to protect the people of Virginia when an injured patient learns the board changed advertising regulations.  The patient went to a dentist they thought was a CODA accredited residency trained specialist.  Their advertisment said "specialist".  Only to find out this dentist had taken a couple of company sponsored weekend courses and advertised as a specialist in said discipline.

In summary I am strongly opposed to any change in the current regulations.  Thanks