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Man's Dentist Visit Ends Up Landing Him in the Hospital

Tom Jozsi apparently inhaled a drill bit

(Newser) - If you have a deep fear of going to the dentist, maybe stop reading here. A routine trip to get his teeth worked on was anything but normal for an Illinois man, who inhaled the dentist's drill bit and had to go to the hospital to get it removed...

Dentist Charged With Murder After Girlfriend's Overdose

Texts allegedly reveal James Ryan 'continuously fed' Sarah Harris' addiction

(Newser) - A Maryland dentist has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, a former patient and employee, whom he was allegedly supplying with drugs. Sarah Harris, 25, had been living with 48-year-old James Michael Ryan in Clarksburg for seven months when she died of an anesthesia overdose...

Guy Who Tried to Get Shot in Fake Arm Gets Vaccine for Real

Dentist in Italy says phony limb was protest against vaccine mandates

(Newser) - Update: An Italian dentist who tried to get a COVID vaccine in a fake arm says he got the vaccine for real the next day. Dr. Guido Russo told a talk show Wednesday night that he's not anti-vaccination, but he wanted to protest vaccine mandates, the AP reports. "...

As Masks Come Off, People Try to Get Their Teeth Straight

Orthodontists, companies report jump in business

(Newser) - It might be too late to learn a new language before returning to the workplace, but many people are hurrying to have their teeth straightened after months of staring at themselves on Zoom calls. One New York orthodontist said new inquiries have risen 50% since fall. And the owner of...

Dentist Who Pulled Tooth on Hoverboard Gets 12 Years

'You darn near killed some people,' judge tells him

(Newser) - An Alaska dentist who extracted a tooth while standing on a hoverboard has been stripped of his license—and his freedom. Seth Lockhart has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges including Medicaid fraud, embezzlement, reckless endangerment, and unlawful dental acts, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Investigators said...

Dentist Who Pulled Teeth While Riding Hoverboard Convicted

Seth Lookhart found guilty of 46 counts including Medicaid fraud

(Newser) - An Alaska dentist, who gained notoriety after he was seen in a video riding a hoverboard and pulling teeth , was convicted Friday of defrauding the Alaska Medicaid program, the AP reports. Seth Lookhart was convicted of 46 counts, including felony medical assistance fraud and scheming to defraud, and misdemeanor counts...

Cops: Dentist-Turned-Arsonist Made a Rookie Mistake

They tracked footprints in the snow from crime scene to suspect's garage

(Newser) - If this is how the cops found their suspect in a movie, you'd probably grab the remote and find another movie. Nobody's this obvious, right? But as the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports, apparently somebody is. Police in New Richmond, Wis., say they found their arson suspect by...

Woman's Costume Sends Her to Emergency Dentist

Woman is warning others not to use the glue that comes with fake teeth

(Newser) - Anna Tew certainly had a scary Halloween experience, though not in the way you might think. The Mobile, Ala., woman bought a $3 pair of fake fangs to complete her zombie costume, and she applied them to her teeth using the glue that was included. Little did she know the...

Her Crime Was a National Sensation. Now, She's Free

Clara Harris, a dentist, killed her husband by running him over with her vehicle

(Newser) - It was a parking lot killing caught on tape that rocked the world, generating crime books and a ripped-from-the-headlines TV movie, per the Houston Chronicle . Clara Harris, who was convicted of manslaughter for running over her husband in a crime that earned her the nickname “Driller Killer,” was...

Prosecutors: Dentist Did More Than Kill Mistress's Toddler

They say dentist Bert Franklin tried to have boy's mother killed

(Newser) - Jury selection on Bert Franklin's murder trial didn't begin Monday as planned—because things took a dark and unexpected turn. KFOR explains the married Tulsa dentist is to stand trial for the July 2016 death of Lincoln Lewis, the 19-month-old child of the woman he'd been dating...

Dentist Offered Unusual 'Standard of Care': Investigators

Alaska's Seth Lookhart allegedly pulled patient's tooth while riding hoverboard

(Newser) - What falls under the category of "unlawful dental acts" in the state of Alaska? Pulling a sedated patient's tooth while on a hoverboard, per an investigation that involved the FBI, DEA, and a couple of state departments, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. Clear Creek Dental's Dr. Seth...

4-Year-Old Boy Dies While Under Anesthesia at Dentist

'I've never heard of a child losing their life at a dentist'

(Newser) - A mother in Washington state is searching for answers after her 4-year-old son died Friday following a routine dental procedure, KATU reports. Mykel Peterson didn't like the dentist. Thmeka Curry tells KGW her son was on the autism spectrum and had a hard time keeping his mouth open. That'...

Filling a Cavity May Never Be the Same

Alzheimer's drug tideglusib gets them to fill themselves

(Newser) - A novel therapy holds real promise in changing the way dentists treat your cavities—they'd get the cavities to fill themselves. As the Guardian reports, researchers at King's College London found that they could stimulate stem cells within the teeth to regenerate through a relatively simple approach: They...

The Main Reason People Avoid the Dentist Isn't Fear

Many adults, even those with insurance, don't want to face the costs

(Newser) - The biggest reason people skip out on going to the dentist isn't fear or inconvenience; it's cost, KIDY reports. A study published this month in Health Affairs found people are more likely to forego dental health because of cost than any other type of health care. And that'...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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