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Man Learns Hard Way Not to Bring Gun to Dental Procedure

James White mistakes gun for phone, shoots self

(Newser) - “If you’re going to be put under nitrous, then you think twice about taking your gun into the dental office." Solid advice from an Ohio resident living near a dental office where a bizarre incident played on Wednesday, WCMH reports. James White, 72, was at the dental... More »

Bad Reviews Compel Dentist to Sue 5 Patients in 4 Years

Yelp now adds warnings to pages of businesses that retaliate

(Newser) - Yelp has just issued its third ever consumer alert, this one about a dentist in Manhattan who has sued five patients since 2012 for posting negative reviews, reports BuzFeed . Nima Dayani has asked for anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000 in damages, so Yelp is warning consumers that Dayani'... More »

'Horror Dentist' Learns His Fate

Jacobus van Nierop sentenced to 8 years in jail

(Newser) - France's " horror dentist " won't get close to a patient's teeth again. Dutchman Jacobus van Nierop, 51, was convicted of aggravated assault and fraud in the French town of Nevers on Tuesday, banned from practicing dentistry, sentenced to eight years in jail, and fined $11,900,... More »

FBI's Only Most Wanted Woman Caught in Mexico

She's suspected of hiring a hit on a dentist out of jealousy

(Newser) - The only woman on the FBI Most Wanted Fugitives list was captured Friday in Mexico, CNN reports. According to the Dallas Morning News , Brenda Delgado—a dental hygienist in training charged with hiring a hit on a dentist —was caught at a house in the state of Coahuila and... More »

Texas Woman Added to FBI Most Wanted List

She allegedly hired a hit man to kill a dentist

(Newser) - A Dallas woman accused of arranging for a hit man to kill a dentist who was dating her ex-boyfriend has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list , the AP reports. Brenda Delgado, 33, is wanted for capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The FBI... More »

'Horror Dentist' Goes on Trial

He's accused of mutilating more than 100 French patients

(Newser) - Newspapers have dubbed him the "horror dentist," former patients in a small French town call him the "butcher"—and if you have dental phobia, Jacobus van Nierop may soon feature in your nightmares. The Dutchman went on trial Tuesday in Nevers, France, accused of intentional violence... More »

Dentist Under Fire for Restraining Kids—Legally

The device is called a 'papoose board'

(Newser) - When James Crow took his 5-year-old daughter Elizabeth to Smiles R Us in Carrolton, Georgia, he didn't expect to leave so shaken. But he tells WSB-TV that after he and his mother were told they couldn't be with Elizabeth while her tooth was being pulled, they heard shouting... More »

Dentist Charged After Woman Flat-Lines in Chair, Dies

Rashmi Patel charged with criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - A woman who went to the dentist for a tooth extraction ended up dying after flat-lining in his chair, and now the Connecticut dentist has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in her death. Judith Gan, 64, went into Rashmi Patel's office on Feb. 17 of last year for... More »

Top 10 Best Jobs in 2015

'US News' is out with annual ranking

(Newser) - It's apparently hard to be an unemployed dentist. The jobless rate in the field of 0.9% is one of the reasons it ranks as No. 1 on US News ' ranking of the top jobs for 2015. Its median salary of $146,340 doesn't hurt, along with... More »

Boy Terrified of Dentist Invents Abduction Tale

French 12-year-old swears he was kidnapped on way to appointment

(Newser) - Say you love going to the dentist? Well neither does a boy in France who concocted an entire kidnapping story to avoid admitting that he had ducked a dental visit, The Local reports. Police found the 12-year-old during a patrol of the Alpine village St Gervais last month, asked what... More »

Cheap Mexican Dentists Wooing Americans

How does a $50 filling sound?

(Newser) - How rough is America's dental state of affairs? Rough enough that US citizens are heading to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico—dogged by a reputation of being one of the world's most dangerous cities, though KVIA notes that violence is down—to get their teeth cared for. The station and... More »

Girl's Death Blamed on Sedatives in Dentist's Chair

Autopsy report says sedatives, anesthesia likely to blame

(Newser) - Drugs are likely to blame for the death of Finley Boyle, the 3-year-old Hawaii girl who died a month after going into cardiac arrest during a root canal at a Kailua dentist's office on Dec. 3, according to the official autopsy report. The report says the combination of sedatives... More »

Why Dentists Are Helping This Guy Get Re-Elected

Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho is one of 2 in Congress

(Newser) - As Rep. Mike Simpson braces for a tough re-election battle, he has some allies most members of Congress can't claim: dentists. Simpson is one of just two dentists in Congress; he even continued to practice in Idaho while serving in the Statehouse. This year he's trying to fend... More »

3-Year-Old Dies After Trip to Dentist

Finley Boyle was supposed to undergo several root canals

(Newser) - When Ashley Boyle took her 3-year-old daughter to Hawaii's Island Dentistry for Children in November, she says she was told the child needed six fillings and four root canals. They returned for the root canals on Dec. 3; on Friday, Finley Boyle died, a month after suffering brain damage... More »

7K Patients of Dentist Told to Get Tested for HIV

Tulsa health officials find health violations at office

(Newser) - About 7,000 patients of an Oklahoma dentist are being urged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis after investigators discovered that instruments weren't properly cleaned—even though the dentist knew several of his patients carried infectious diseases. Dr. W. Scott Harrington has voluntarily closed his practice and is... More »

LeAnn Rimes Sues Her Dentist

Singer says he's hurt her career, physical appearance

(Newser) - Celebrity lawsuits generally aren't pleasant, but this one is tough to top: LeAnn Rimes has sued her dentist, claiming that he did such lousy work over the last three years that he caused "permanent cosmetic deficiency" and messed up her career, reports TMZ . The malpractice suit mentions nine... More »

'Vengeful Dentist' Story a Hoax

Looks like a Polish woman didn't rip out her ex-boyfriend's teeth...

(Newser) - If it sounds too good (or insane) to be true, more proof that it probably is. MSNBC reports that the wildly popular story of the Polish dentist who tore out her ex-boyfriend's teeth is a hoax. Though the story was replete with names (Anna Mackowiak and Marek Olszewski, respectively)... More »

In Florida, Get Limo Rides, Botox, Booze at ... Dentist

Or get a massage with your teeth cleaning

(Newser) - Who said going to the dentist had to be boring and/or terrifying? A dental office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has turned getting your teeth inspected into a luxurious event, complete with champagne, massages, and a personal concierge who will make you limo and dinner reservations, reports the Sun Sentinel . Dr.... More »

Dentist Pulls Out Ex-Boyfriend's Teeth

Anna Mackowiak: 'I tried to ... detach myself from my emotions'

(Newser) - Talk about a nasty breakup: Polish authorities are investigating a dentist for allegedly pulling out all of her ex-boyfriend's teeth during a dental visit, the Daily Mail reports. Anna Mackowiak, 34, reportedly took revenge on 45-year-old Marek Olszewski by giving him anesthetic, plucking out his pearlies, and sending him... More »

Dentists See Rising Tooth Decay in Preschoolers

Cavities on the rise, along with anesthesia use: NYT

(Newser) - Gone are the days of visiting the kiddie dentist as a tot to get a cavity or two filled: These days, an increasing number of preschoolers are getting knocked out with general anesthesia so dentists can fix extensive problems, in procedures that cost parents anywhere from $2,000 to $5,... More »

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