The DMD Check-Up: Fake Dentist Gropes Patients

July 14, 2017
DMD Staff

A Miami man was arrested for practicing dentistry without a license after groping one of his patients. That top’s this month’s news so far in the world of dentistry. Also making the list: Opioid prescriptions in dental offices, a free dental clinic in Indiana and more.

A Miami man was arrested for practicing dentistry without a license after groping one of his patients. That top’s this month’s news so far in the world of dentistry. Also making the list: Opioid prescriptions in dental offices, a free dental clinic in Indiana and more.

·Inability to keep his hands to himself takes a bite out of fake dentist’s freedom (Miami Herald)

“Davie resident John Collazos got arrested June 24 for practicing dentistry without a license. Collazos has been on double not-so-secret probation for practicing dentistry without a license since last year. And it’s possible nobody would know about any of this if mouths were the only place Collazos’ hands went where they shouldn’t.”

·'I can get my smile back': IU dental students get $100k grant for free clinic (Indy Star)

“Three years ago, Annetta Wimbley lost her insurance. Even though the 50-year-old has a job at Fort Harrison State Park Inn, she said it has been impossible to find affordable dental health care to fix her jagged and missing teeth.”

·Breaking the Opioid Habit in Dentists’ Offices (NY Times)

“In October, 2014, Tu, director of the division of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, was visiting Washington, D.C., with his wife. Tu was there to attend an oral surgery conference. Their son-in-law, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, a psychiatrist and addiction specialist, was speaking at a rally of Fed Up!, an organization working for a national response to the opioid epidemic. Kolodny asked his in-laws if they would attend.”

·Children at Risk? Kids and Sedation at the Dentist’s Office (NBC News)

After a string of recent deaths, NBC News’ Kate Snow explores the risks associated with sedation in dental offices. A growing chorus of advocates including pediatricians and lawmakers are calling for change.

·Is dentistry the best job? (Dental Economics)

“U.S. News & World Report published its 2017 “100 Best Jobs” list earlier this year, and guess which job was first on the list? Dentist! This is great news, and we should be celebrating. But if you talk to dentists every day like I do, one question comes up over and over again: why is it that being a dentist doesn’t feel like the best job to those who practice?”

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