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Parents: Dentist Harmed 131 Kids, Made Millions Doing So

Dr. Howard Schneider may face criminal trial

(Newser) - A Florida mother says she brought her then-6-year-old daughter in for a dental appointment to get a tooth extracted with Dr. Howard Schneider in 2014—but, instead, she came in to the procedure room to find her daughter "face-first" on the bloody floor with scratches, bruises, and all eight... More »

Dental Clinic May Have Exposed Kids to Deadly Bacteria

7 hospitalized after pulpotomies at Children's Dental Group

(Newser) - At least seven children have contracted a dangerous bacterial infection after a procedure at an Anaheim dental clinic—and 500 others could potentially have it, health officials say. Seven children have been hospitalized with oral cellulitis, an infection that can spread to gum and bone, after a routine pulpotomy or... More »

First Came the Root Canal. Then Came the Missing Tool

Man wins $675K after dentist drops file down his throat

(Newser) - What's less fun than having a root canal? Watching your dentist look around for a lost tool when the procedure is over. That's what happened to a patient in Illinois who, lo and behold, began having stomach pains a few days later, reports WGN . An X-ray revealed the... More »

Woman Dies in Parking Lot After Dentist Pulls 16 Teeth

April Walters had several health problems but had been cleared for procedure

(Newser) - She was sick with several chronic conditions, but 46-year-old April Walters of Michigan had been cleared to have 18 teeth pulled last week. Now her family is looking for answers after she died in the parking lot of the dentist's office following the procedure. Walters suffered from sarcoidosis, asthma,... More »

Toddler Dies After Routine Dentist Visit

Family says she was there for a cavity filling

(Newser) - A seemingly healthy toddler making a routine visit to the dentist died in Austin this week under still-unexplained circumstances. Daisy Lynn Torres went to Austin Children's Dentistry Tuesday afternoon for what her family says was a cavity filling, reports the Austin American-Statesman . The 14-month-old was placed under anesthesia and... More »

Mom: Dentist Ruined My 4-Year-Old Girl's Life

Nevaeh Hall needed a simple dental procedure

(Newser) - Nevaeh Hall was laughing and running around a Chuck E. Cheese only two months ago. Now the 4-year-old is brain-damaged for life—able to open her eyes but not stand up or talk—after a simple dental visit to secure decaying teeth, the Houston Chronicle reports. "She's constantly... More »

Office of Cecil the Lion's Killer Back in Business

Walter Palmer's dental office reopens in Minnesota

(Newser) - The killer of Cecil the lion is in business again—sort of. The office of dentist Walter Palmer, who admitted to taking Cecil's life in Zimbabwe last month , reopened today in Bloomington, Minn., but without Palmer on the premises, NBC News reports. River Bluff Dental posted a tweet saying... More »

US Dentist Who Killed Lion Blames His Guides

Walter Palmer says he thought the hunt was legal

(Newser) - Walter Palmer of Bloomington, Minnesota, just might be the most reviled dentist in the world at the moment. After being identified by the Telegraph as the big-game hunter who illegally shot a protected lion in Africa, Palmer has issued a statement blaming his guides, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune . “... More »

American Dentist Paid $55K to Lure, Kill Lion: Report

Walter Palmer identified as hunter who killed Zimbabwe's Cecil

(Newser) - The search for the hunter who killed Cecil, Zimbabwe's most famous lion, may be over. The Telegraph says two sources IDed the man as Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, and the Independent says the chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has confirmed that. Palmer, who's believed to... More »

Teen Dies After 'Routine' Dental Procedure

17-year-old went into cardiac arrest while having her wisdom teeth removed

(Newser) - A Minnesota teen died yesterday after undergoing a routine dental procedure. Sydney Galleger, 17, went to the dentist on June 2 to have her wisdom teeth removed, according to CBS Minnesota . "All went good until the very end when her blood pressure shot up and her pulse dropped and... More »

Girl's Teeth So Decayed Her Life Was in Danger: Cops

But her dad wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the case

(Newser) - Kenneth Wanamaker Jr.'s 6-year-old daughter's teeth were so infected last year that, police and a dentist say, her life was in danger. According to the dentist, who called it "frightening" and testified that it was "the worst case of dental disease" he'd ever seen,... More »

Office Manager Accused of Posing as Dentist

Prosecutors say multiple patients suffered injuries

(Newser) - An office manager was arraigned today on charges she posed as a dentist when the real dentist was away and seriously injured patients after pulling their teeth, performing root canals on them, and injecting their mouths, prosecutors said. Valbona Yzeiraj, who said she trained as a dentist in her native... 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 »

Checkup at Dentist May Have Saved Girl's Life

Hygienist spots worrisome sign

(Newser) - Sometimes, that trip to the dentist pays off in unexpected ways. When 11-year-old Journee Woodard went in for her checkup in Edmond, Okla., a sharp-eyed hygienist noticed that her eyes looked yellow, reports KFOR-TV . The dentist agreed, informed the family, and a trip to the doctor revealed the reason: Journee... More »

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