Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Petition 31
Petition Information
Petition Title Advertising on amalgams
Date Filed 4/3/2006   
Petitioner Linda Cifelli 
Petitioner's Request

To amend regulations on false and misleading advertisement to allow dentists to advertise that they do not use mercury in fillings and do use an amalgam separator or rubber dam in their practice.

Agency's Plan

The Board is requesting public comment on the petition and will consider the request for an amendment at its meeting on June 9, 2006.

Comment Period Ended 5/22/2006
Agency Decision Take no action    
Response Date 6/14/2006
Agency Decision Summary

Current regulations do not prohibit a dentist from advertising that he does not use mercury in fillings or that he uses an amalgam separator. The law prohibits advertisements that are false, deceptive or misleading or contain a claim of superiority. Therefore, no amendment to regulation is necessary.