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Dentistry News 04/2008



Secrets your dentist hasn't told you (MSNBC)
Do you have to shave down your natural teeth to get veneers? Can bleaching your teeth make them more fragile? And what drugstore products really whiten teeth? Cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Apa addresses the most common dental myths and questions.

1 in 5 put off Visiting the Dentist Because of Cost (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
HSA's Annual Dental Survey 2008 has revealed that 1 in 5 of UK adults have put off visiting the dentist because they are concerned about the cost. The survey, by the Healthplan provider of nearly 1,000 consumers by independent research agency TNS, also found that over a quarter of adults believe that looking after their oral health is unaffordable.

Leeds dentist jailed for groping patient (Leeds Today)
A LEEDS dentist has been jailed after groping a patient while she was undergoing treatment in a chair. (01/04/2008 08:08:31)

Over 5,000 people to get NHS dentist (prestontoday.net)
More than 5,000 letters have gone out to people living in Preston and nearby offering them a place with an NHS dentist. (01/04/2008 09:05:43)

Board charges Garner dentist (The Globe Gazette)
GARNER — A Garner dentist has been charged with performing an “extensive” number of unnecessary root canals for Title 19 patients.

Money seized from local dentist will be used to fight health care fraud (22 WSBT South Bend)
An area dentist is already serving time for scamming local families and committing massive Medicaid fraud. Now, some of the money he took is being given back to fight health care fraud.

Warsaw dentist case: $894,0000 returned to state (Indiana's NewsCenter)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The state will receive nearly $894,000 forfeited by a Warsaw dentist who improperly billed Medicaid more than $2 million in services for low-income patients.

Dentist Shot in Summit Home (WLBT 3 Jackson)
A Magnolia, Mississippi dentist has been shot to death. Amite County authorities arrested his live-in female companion and charged her with the crime.

Dentist's girlfriend charged in his shooting death (The Clarion-Ledger)
Amite County Sheriff Timothy Perkins said a domestic dispute led to the shooting death of Magnolia dentist this morning.

North Iowa Dentist Defends His Practices (KIMT Mason City)
GARNER, IA - A North Iowa dentist said he didn't do anything wrong. The Iowa Dental Board is claiming Dr. Peter Vidal performed several unnecessary root canals. Regulators looked at the files of 15 of Dr. Vidal's Medicaid patients.

Dentist guilty of prescription-drug charge (The Auburn Citizen)
AUBURN - An Auburn dentist pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court to the criminal sale of a controlled prescription drug.

Prison dentist admits criminal sale of drug (The Post-Standard)
A civilian dentist at Auburn Correctional Facility has admitted illegally obtaining prescription painkillers, and, though she could lose her job, it's unlikely she'll spend anytime behind bars.

Woman charged in dentist’s shooting death (McComb Enterprise-Journal)
Amite County authorities have charged a Summit woman in the death of a Magnolia dentist.

Police Investigate Dentist's Slaying (WAPT Jackson)
According to Amite County Sheriff Timothy Perkins, a domestic dispute led to the shooting death of a Magnolia dentist.

Son Charged In Murder Of Dentist, Wife (WLEX-TV Lexington)
Police have arrested and charged the son of a Grant County dentist and his wife with their murders last November. Police arrested Russell G. Bramlage, 22, on Tuesday.

Dentist guilty of drug crime (The Auburn Citizen)
AUBURN - An Auburn dentist pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court to the criminal sale of a controlled prescription drug.

Fat kids spend less time in dentist chair (People's Daily)
Kids who have more fat on their frame spend less time in the dentist chair, according to a new study that found overweight children have fewer cavities and healthier teeth. Researchers at the Eastman Dental Center, part of the Univer ...

'Kick in the teeth' as Ormskirk NHS dentist goes private (Ormskirk Maghull and Skelmersdale Advertiser)
EIGHT thousand people in the Ormskirk area are being told to go private or find a new dentist. The NHS patients received letters this week from Cottage Dental Practice on Moor Street.

Magnolia dentist fatally shot: Girlfriend charged with manslaughter (McComb Enterprise-Journal)
A Magnolia dentist is dead and his girlfriend has been charged with manslaughter after a domestic dispute led to a shooting at their Tangipahoa community home Tuesday morning.

Dentist takes top spot after 3 months (The Toledo Blade)
The Toledo area is just coming out of a long winter, but Sylvania resident Jan Rizzo said yesterday he wishes December would come soon.

Patient shoots bogus dentist in pain revenge attack in Italy (Russian Information Agency Novosti)
ROME, April 3 (RIA Novosti) - Police arrested a 50-year-old-man in Rome after he shot a bogus dentist, who left him in severe pain in an apparent revenge attack, local media said.

Don't brush off your child's first visit to the dentist (Leesville Daily Leader)
Emilie Arkin/GateHouse News Service It doesn't have to be like pulling teeth to get your child to happily climb into the dentist's chair, open wide and sit through a cleaning - or more.

I-Team: Dentist Gives Up License (NBC 10 Providence)
A dentist accused of abandoning patients gives up his license to practice in Massachusetts and will pay $20,000.

Fugitive dentist will take on Coleman in primary (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Jack Shepard will conduct another run for office from Rome, Italy.

Arlington Hts. dentist 'classy in every regard' (Daily Herald)
For nearly 30 years, Dr. John A. "Jack" Heinz practiced general dentistry in Arlington Heights, building a clientele that grew right along with the bustling suburb.

DIY dentist grandmother pulls out own teeth (Daily Telegraph)
A grandmother pulled out two of her own teeth after she was unable to find an NHS dentist.

Fla. budget problem: how to make sure poor kids can see a dentist (Charlotte Sun)
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- If a poor child in the capital city needs serious dental work, his family will probably have to drive several hours. Even in this city of more than 150,000 people, there aren't any pediatric dentistry specialists who participate in the state Medicaid program for the poor.

A quiet Chris Rock testifies about Pellicano (Los Angeles Times)
Rock, more subdued than in his usual public appearances, tells the courtroom about hiring the private eye when a woman claimed she was pregnant with his child. Looking like he was on his way to the dentist's office for a root canal, Chris Rock walked into a packed L.A. courtroom this morning morning in a dark suit and dark blue shirt to testify about his involvement with Anthony Pellicano. ...

Shreveport Dentist Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 40 Years After Assassination (KSLA-TV Shreveport)
If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today he'd be 79 years old. The civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel 40 years ago today.

Hospitals push preventive exams to lure paying patients (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
When dentist Augustine Berge heard an ad on his car radio for an inexpensive heart scan, he almost dropped his teeth. The 54-year-old Mariettan had been worried about his ticker because of high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, though not quite enough to see a specialist. But the Emory Healthcare ad touting a $150 CT scan caught him by surprise and spurred him to action. "It was cheap, so I ...

Dentists Split Over Amalgam Fillings: The Wealthy Dentist Survey Results (PR.com)
Half of dentists are still placing amalgam fillings, while the other half no longer do, according to a survey conducted by The Wealthy Dentist. Many dentists expressed concerns over the possible toxic consequences of mercury amalgam and prefer to place newer composite fillings. Other dentists pointed to the superior performance of amalgam fillings and raised questions over the safety and ...

High-Tech Equipment Disappoints Dentists: The Wealthy Dentist Survey Results (PR.com)
Four out of five dentists have been disappointed by pricey purchases, according to a survey conducted by The Wealthy Dentist. The clear majority of dental practices have, at one time or another, been let down by dental equipment. Dentists are particularly frustrated with marketers who misrepresent their high-tech offerings and suppliers who refuse to accept returns. [PR.com - May 16, 2007]

Dentists Agree All Toothpastes Are Not Equal, Disagree Which Are Best: The Wealthy Dentist Survey Results (PR.com)
Most dentists say that which type of toothpaste you use makes a difference to your oral health, according to a survey conducted by The Wealthy Dentist. Only one out of three dentists feels that all toothpastes are essentially equal. The other 65% agree that some toothpastes are more effective than others; however, they don't seem to agree on which toothpastes are the best. [PR.com - May 22, 2007]

Fla. budget problem: how to make sure poor kids can see a dentist (Miami Herald)
If a poor child in the capital city needs serious dental work, his family will probably have to drive several hours. Even in this city of more than 150,000 people, there aren't any pediatric dentistry specialists who participate in the state Medicaid program for the poor.

Fla. budget problem: how to make sure poor kids can see a dentist (WTSP - Tampa Bay's 10 News)
If a poor child in Tallahassee needs serious dental work, his family will probably have to drive several hours. There aren't any pediatric dentistry specialists in the city who participate in the state Medicaid program for the poor.

Wronged dentist or new jihadi? (Hindustan Times)
April 2, 10.15 pm: Night has set on the ancient city of Aurangabad in the sun-baked heart of Maharashtra when I get the call: “Tell him (me) to call when he reaches.”

Phone lines cut at Destin dentist's office (Northwest Florida Daily News)
DESTIN — An employee arrived to work at a dentist office on Harbor Boulevard to find a flow valve and telephone wires to the office had been cut.       According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office offense report, the employee said this had happened several times before. The last incident was about two months ago and added there were no drugs on the premises.       The employee told the ...

Florida Budget Problem: How to Make Sure Poor Kids Can See a Dentist (WCTV Tallahassee)
If a poor child in Tallahassee needs serious dental work, his family will probably have to drive several hours. There aren't any pediatric dentistry specialists in the city who participate in the state Medicaid program for the poor.

MAM clinic to lose dentist (Garden City Telegram)
Starting Tuesday and running through late July, United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries' dental clinic, which has been opened since December, will be without a dentist.

Dentist office completes massive historic renovation project (Savannah Morning News)
"The Thomas Square neighborhood has always been good to us," Dr. Tom Morrison told me last week as we chatted at the newly renovated office of Morrison Dental Associates at 207 E. 31st St.

Garner dentist draws critics and fans (The Globe Gazette)
Satisfied clients:

Classic MG fetches $72,000 at Niles Auction :Hundreds turn out for auction of Niles dentist's estate. (South Bend Tribune)
NILES -- "So much for the recession.''

Tooth Talk: Forms can save lives (Marco Eagle)
Q: Every time I go to the dentist they want me to fill out a form with my medicines and health changes. I hate filling out these forms. I can’t see what any of it has to do with my teeth. Why do they need to know?

Spreading smiles (Helena Independent Record)
For dentist Lacy Claeys and Helena High School senior Luke Dutton, the return to Helena has been a shock. Middle America seems so far from where they’ve been.

SE column: Area dentists add tech to detect cancer (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
We all know that visiting the dentist on a regular basis can do a lot to help brighten our smile. But now, thanks to technology, a trip to the dentist can save a life, too.

Ennis dentist pleads guilty to charge (Waxahachie Daily Light)
Ennis City Commissioner and dentist Steven C. Durbin pleaded guilty this morning in 40th District Court to a state jail felony charge, agreeing to five years community supervision/deferred adjudication.

Healthy attitude, healthy teeth Retiring local dentist takes trade across the world once again (Hinton Parklander)
Anyone who has been in Hinton since 1979 probably has seen Dr. Richard Zier-Vogel as a patient or knows someone who has. Zier-Vogel moved to Hinton in 1979 to start a dental practice and operated until April 1 of this year.

SE column: Area dentists add tech to detect cancer (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
We all know that visiting the dentist on a regular basis can do a lot to help brighten our smile. But now, thanks to technology, a trip to the dentist can save a life, too.

Texas Dentist Admits Taping Employees In Changing Room (KWTX-TV Waco)
A Texas dentist who’s also a city commissioner pleaded guilty Monday in a case involving a hidden camera used to videotape female employees in their changing room.

Dentists admits taping employees changing (ABC 13 Houston)
Ennis dentist admits to videotaping employees in changing room