Thursday, February 03, 2011

North Carolina Dental Board files Suit Against the Federal Trade Commission

Now, wait a minute. The Feds have already imposed themselves over Georgia and the hygienists supervision flap. But, now the Federal Trade Commission is telling the sovereign state of North Carolina they cannot regulate who practices dentistry (tooth whitening) in their state?
North Carolina's dental regulatory board filed suit Tuesday to enforce a state law that allows only dentists to perform teeth-whitening procedures.

The state Board of Dental Examiners alleges that the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority in trying to determine who can whiten teeth. Last year, the FTC accused the dental board of improperly trying to shut down businesses like day spas and tanning booths that also offer whitening services.

The board wants a federal judge to issue an order upholding its right to determine who can offer whitening services and requiring the FTC to remove all derogatory references to the state board and North Carolina dentists from the FTC website.
North Carolina will win this suit.

If the Obama Administration was smart they would back off their attempt to take over the state regulation of dentistry via federal regulation. Either they will lose in the federal courts or be voted out of office in 2012.

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