I found the article, "Are We Playing To Win or Playing To Keep From Losing?" in the October issue by John L. Kennedy, very interesting. This raises grave concerns about what are we, as dentists, and our state and national organizations, doing to protect us and our patients from unreasonable regulations?
We, as dentists, have served the public very well. We have promoted prevention and done a great job in cost control. If the dental profession allows unreasonable regulations to shape our profession, then costs will dramatically go up, and professional judgment will no longer be made for the patient`s best care. Decisions will be influenced by need of compliance to unreasonable regulations.
It is time for dentistry to be vocal about what is right and reasonable.
Estel L. Landreth, DDS, PA