Federal appeals court reinstates dentist’s challenge

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal three-judge appeals panel has reinstated an Ohio dentist’s challenge to state regulations that restrict how he can advertise his practice.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Friday sent the case back to federal district court in Columbus.

Dentist Russell Kiser of Mansfield is a licensed dentist with postdoctoral education in endodontics, or root-canal treatment.

Court records show that the Ohio State Dental Board says he can’t advertise himself as an endodontist because he performs other kinds of procedures in his general dentistry practice.

Kiser contends that violates his First Amendment speech rights, among other rights.

The panel ruled the lower court shouldn’t have dismissed his claims, and should consider their merits.

Deputy board director Lyndsay Nash said Friday the board had just received the opinion.

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