The DMD Check-Up: Inside a Shockingly Dirty Dental Clinic

March 31, 2017
Joe Hannan

Shocking pictures snapped in a Russian dental clinic caught our attention this week, as did a Tennessee dentist’s epic save of a one-year-old’s birthday cake. Among more serious dental matters, a New York dentist has been charged in a $12,000 crown-billing scheme. And a University of Buffalo study shows that children with Type 2 Diabetes tend of have poor oral health.

REVEALED: The world's worst dentist surgery - how has this place not been shut down?! https://t.co/NLoMo4rzx7 pic.twitter.com/thWc4Zoa1E

— The Sun (@TheSun) March 29, 2017

We May Have Found the World’s Worst Dental Practice

This practice might have you reaching for the closest bottle of hand sanitizer.

The Sun, the U.K.-based newspaper, published some shocking images earlier this week out of Moscow. According to the Sun, the photos were snapped by Julia Kalinina at the Russian dental clinic. Surprisingly, Kalinina told the doctors that she would be taking and sharing pictures of the clinic, the Sun reports. The doctors then gave her permission to continue.

“The dentists know I took the images,” the Sun quotes her as saying. “I said I’ll try to publish them and (the) dentists were glad. Authorities don’t pay attention to complaints.”

According to the Sun, there are two types of dental practices in Russia: private and public clinics. Public clinics, such as the one highlighted in the report, treat patients for free and rely on government grants.”

The Sun reports that Kalinina passed on treatment for tooth pain after seeing the clinic’s condition.

How Type 2 Diabetes Affects Oral Health in Children

A new study shows that children with Type 2 diabetes tend to have poorer oral health than children who don’t have the disease.

The study was published at the beginning of March in PLOS ONE and reported on this week by UBNow.

The study also looked at oral health outcomes for children with Type 2 diabetes who are also obese. It included three groups: 19 children at normal weight, 14 obese children, and 16 obese children with Type 2 diabetes. The children ranged in age from 10-19.

Researchers concluded that obese children with Type 2 diabetes tended to have poor oral health.

WHAT A CATCH! East Nashville man makes epic b-day cake save 🎂🎂 pic.twitter.com/V4dA0JHpBi

— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) March 28, 2017

The Odell Beckham of Dentistry

This catch may not have won an NFL game, but it did win our hearts. A video of a man saving one-year-old’s birthday cake went viral this week. The cake savior is — you guessed it – a dentist.

WZTV, a Nashville-based Fox affiliate, reports that “Uncle” Ryan O’Neil, D.M.D., made the diving catch to save the big day of little Walker.

ICYMI: Aspen Dental partners w/ @NASCAR to help fans #GetStarted w/ their dental care and win a VIP race experience: https://t.co/rTgwoWLX5B pic.twitter.com/SEpfJNKCW5

— Aspen Dental (@AspenDental) March 28, 2017

Aspen Dental Races for Checkered Flag

Aspen Dental, the dental service organization, has been named the “Official Dentist of NASCAR.”

NASCAR announced its partnership with Aspen earlier this week in a news release. Aspen made news earlier this year when it extended its sponsorship with NASCAR star Danica Patrick. Now, Aspen will be the primary sponsor of Patrick’s Number 10 Ford Fusion for an expanded number of races.

Aspen hopes the partnership will, pardon the pun, drive more patients into their practices. The partnership deal was announced to coincide with its “Get Started” campaign, which the company hopes will encourage race fans to take initiative over their oral health.

Patrick has worked with Aspen in the past on a separate inititiaave that generated more than $7.5 million for veterans’ dental care.

Dentist arrested in crown billing schemehttps://t.co/nICH57s08G

— Toothbrush Express (@ToothbrushExp) March 28, 2017

Alleged Crown Prince of Crime

Authorities have charged a New York dentist in a crown-billing scheme.

WKBW, a Buffalo, New York-based ABC affiliate, reports that Michael Oros, D.D.S., has entered a plea of not guilty to grand larceny charges. Prosecutors say that Oros, 57, charged patients about $12,000 for high-end crowns, but gave them lower-quality crowns. Oros, authorities charge, then kept the difference.

WKBW reports that the alleged scam went on for nearly four years. Oros, whose practice is in Avon, New York, will be back in court in May.

Hey, We Watched It, Too

Business Insider made this video explaining what makes chewing on tin foil so unpleasant. Other than the tinny taste, a galvanic shock occurs if you chew on tin foil and have any metal in your mouth, such as metal fillings or braces.

This, however, begs the bigger question of, why are your dental patients chewing on tin foil in the first place?