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Letters: Licensure follow-up

October 03, 2016 The article on licensing in the Aug. 22 ADA News, "Shifting Focus on Patients," should be followed up by the dilemma of dentists who have been practicing and want to move to another state and find out that they must have been practicing full time to be eligible for licensing by credentialing. Part-time practicing will not qualify sometimes, requiring 1,000 hours of practice per year prior to application and sometimes a few years of full-time practice prior to application are required. Some states will accept part time as a requirement. The overload of dentists in some areas would be lessened if freedom of movement were not so restricted and the dilemma of empty appointment books would be alleviated. Yes, licensing by exam is important but credentialing is also. Though credentialing is by states, it  still has some unfair restrictions.

Anthony T.Tumolo, D.D.S. 
Brooklyn, New York

Editor's note: The ADA Licensure Task Force and the Council on Dental Education and Licensure believe that advocating for licensure by credentials is equally as important as expanding pathways to initial licensure for new dentists. Consistent with ADA policy, resources are being developed for states to use when they are ready to advocate for changes in licensure law or regulation. By the same token, ADA policy recognizes the sovereign responsibility of a state to regulate the practice of dentistry.