Sunday, May 29, 2016

Dodgy Dentistry


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If your dentist answers to the name "Mama Elda," that might be your first clue she's practicing dodgy dentistry.

Elda Graciela Margez De Zamora "Mama Elda" (pictured below) was practicing dentistry without a license from her bedroom in a Phoenix, Arizona apartment.



The bed was set up as a dental chair and the living room was turned into a waiting room, with chairs and magazines, police said.

Most countries in the developed world have laws preventing the unlicensed practice of dentistry but we here at Infomaniac found a few more rogue dentists:

Muhammet Velipasaoglu (pictured below) operated a backyard dental practice out of his garage without a license for more than a decade in Melbourne, Australia...



He treated hundreds of patients while unregistered and smoked cigarettes during surgery. He smoked, spoke on the phone, didn’t wear a face mask or gloves and had unwashed hands while performing nine consecutive root canals on a young woman.

She said that Velipasaoglu asked her to hold the suction tube herself during her root canal. She gave evidence that he “dropped several of his tools, picked them up and continued performing the procedures with the dropped instruments”.


Eliver Kestler, also known as "El Dentista," (pictured below) operated an unsanctioned mobile dentistry service out of his red Chevrolet sedan in Santa Fe, New Mexico...



Police discovered a portable drill machine and other dental equipment inside his car...




Anca Claudia Macavei (pictured below) attempted to fit a bridge in the mouth of a patient after setting up a temporary surgery in a McDonald's restaurant in London, England...




Bogdan Pavlyshyn, (pictured below on the right) ran an unlicensed dentistry from his basement in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada...



Items seized from his home included scalpel blades, high-speed dental drills, dental implants, needles, local anesthetic and an x-ray sensor.

“I knew what I was doing was wrong. But I did it anyway,” Pavlyshyn said.

And finally...

"If you are looking for a new custom-fit gold grill for your teeth, you need to go somewhere else besides the Sunshine Flea Market in West Palm Beach."

Yousef Abuelhawa operated "Best Grillz in Town," a Florida business making custom gold teeth overlays — known as "grills." Grills are decorative covers for your teeth, often made of gold, silver or even jewel-encrusted, like this...



Abuelhawa was charged with a third-degree felony of unlicensed practice of dentistry, punishable by up to five years in prison. He also was cited for more than $2,700 in and told to cease and desist his activity.

In summary, we here at Infomaniac suggest that if your dentist runs his/her dental office out of their bedroom, garage, car, fast-food restaurant, basement or flea market, you might consider taking your business elsewhere. 

25 comments:

  1. This article makes me feel so much better...

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    1. PRINNY: Stay away from backyard garages in Australia.

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  2. Well, the dentist I see has told me to open wide while he "shoves his tube" down my throat. I have the feeling this might not be kosher.

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    1. MISTRESS MADDIE: Anything to do with “kosher” must be run by Norma for approval.

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    2. if anyone does any shoving down
      that tender throat, it'll be me.

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    3. oral irrigation should be
      a part of ones daily routine.

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  3. Blimey!A bridge at MacDonald's? I wonder if you could get a toy with that?

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    1. DINAHMOW: To get a toy with that, you’d have to go to Van Nuys, California where a man was practicing illegal dentistry from a toy store.

      The link won't work, otherwise I'd link to the article for you.

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  4. I'm changing dentist. Too many cobwebs in the waiting room at the last.

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    1. GROUCHY: Those weren't cobwebs...it was dental floss.

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  5. All those "dentists" were exiled from the UK. They were giving us a bad name.

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    1. MR. DeVICE: We here at Infomaniac would never stoop so low as to ridicule the Brits and their oral hygiene.

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  6. Nothing is as unenjoyable as bad oral. Jx

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    1. JON: What about…. ?

      You’re right.

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  7. I'm hoping these patients were all ready drugged up when they decided to let these strangers all up in their mouths. At the very least I hope they got good drugs out of the experience.

    Sometimes, for a good experience, it's best to leave the drilling & the sucking to the professionals.

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    1. EROS: Professional sucking?

      Do you have Mr. Peenee’s business card?

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  8. I'm especially impressed who went back eight times to the Australian quack and then complained about his unhygienic practices. Ingrate.

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    1. PEENEE: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

      But fool me nine times?

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  9. Fangs for the warning, Ms Mistress.
    Sx

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    1. MISS SCARLET: Infomaniac: providing information that you can really sink your teeth into.

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  10. Can't help, but Muhammad the old Raki-face looks trustworthier than the rotten Hungarian butcher I had to see in my childhood, who put his fags on the tablet next to the instruments ...

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    1. MAGO: I am adding your childhood dentist to the Dodgy Dentistry Hall of Shame.

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