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Letters: Overtreatment

June 20, 2016 As a past trustee in Minnesota and being still in private practice after 48 years, I have introduced a resolution to Minnesota's upcoming House of Delegates that addresses the concerns that Dr. Marvin Grossman raised in his April 18 letter to the ADA News.

In my opinion, not only do we here also have too many dentists graduating, we also have competition from dental therapists. In addition, our D.D.S. graduates are taught to refer-refer-refer. I suspect because, in part, dental school applicants are not selected based on manual dexterity these days.

In my resolution I have taken a giant step and warned about the public embarrassment our profession will face, once the media figures out that in our very competitive industry unethical overtreatment will be, if it not already is, a necessity to survive economically.

I submit that overtreatment has been a fact of life for years within the arena of welfare dentistry and that is why I have not treated welfare patients for years. My resolution will call for a dramatic cut in dental graduates, and it will be interesting to see if our younger House of Delegates will comprehend its importance.

Lloyd Wallin, D.D.S.
Burnsville, Minnesota