Dentist Offers Dental Care for Trade

Uninsured Patients Invited to Barter for Dental Care

Dr. Harry Rayburn of Tupelo, Mississippi, experimented recently with a “Trade Day” at his dental practice. He offered fillings, extractions and cleanings in return for traded items. The event was more about helping uninsured patients than bartering for the actual value of the dental work involved.

Patients started lining up before 6am. Not long after the office opened at 9am, 60 patients had signed in, and the rest had to be turned away. Though that’s three times as many patients as Dr. Rayburn sees on a normal day, he was committed to treating every last one.

Traded items include artwork, bicycles, cakes and pies. Some will be divvied up among the practice’s team members, and the rest will be donated to charity. Dr. Rayburn (who cites the movie “Doc Hollywood” as his inspiration) says he’s considering making “Trade Day” a regular event.

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Dental License by State Drives Many Dentists Crazy (video)

universal dental licenseAs we all know, dentists are licensed by state dental boards and they can only practice in the state where they are licensed.

And this drives a lot of dentists crazy like the one who complained, “This is SUPPOSED to be a free country where people can relocate as desired. this current system is just regional protectionism. It sucks!”

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists if once a dentist is licensed in one state, should he or she be allowed to practice anywhere in the U.S.

Watch this video to hear what dentists had to say on universal licensure

What are your thoughts on universal licensure? Should dentists be allowed to practice anywhere in the U.S. under one license?

Dental Headlines Sometimes Make Dentists Look Bad

Dentists Make the News with Tax Evasion, Prostitution Rings, and More

Perhaps you don’t have time to search Google News every day for the latest dental headlines. Not to worry! That’s what I’m here for.

You’ll find press releases (Dentist completes veneer training), local news (Local dentist rebuilds after fire), consumer information articles (Conscious sedation eases dental fear), and business updates (3M buys dental products maker Imtec). Most of this information will be of little value to you.

However, if you look carefully, you’ll find some fascinating bits of dental news. The news is always filled with scandalous tales of people doing shocking things. If anyone involved in the story was a dentist, you can be sure Google News will let you know.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s most scandalous headlines!

No Diplomatic Immunity for Tax-Evading “Ambassador of Heaven”

A Louisiana dentist found guilty of tax evasion has been sentenced to two and a half years and ordered to pay $155k in restitution. And with the verdict, I’ve lost two of my favorite tax-avoidance strategies!

Dr. Louis Genard has not filed a tax return in 12 years. In 1997, he filed an affidavit declaring himself a “sovereign citizen of the Republic of Louisiana,” renouncing his US citizenship, and declaring that the IRS had no authority over him.

The IRS, however, disagreed with the doctor’s assessment and filed suit against him. He tried to have the charges dismissed due to his diplomatic immunity as an “Ambassador and Citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven under its King Jesus the Christ,” but the court was unsympathetic.

Unfortunately for Dr. Genard, the US justice system doesn’t give points for creativity.

Prostitution Ring Funds Dentist’s Retirement

Chicago dentist Dr. Gary Kimmel allegedly pocketed at least $372,000 in cash for his role in a prostitution ring. The doctor’s saga began several years ago, when a man who turned out to be a pimp responded to his apartment rental ad. The doctor leased cars for and rented apartments to at least three pimps. He also performed dental work for cash on the pimps and prostitutes, but never reported this income.

Dr. Kimmel is pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. The plea agreement will require the dentist to pay $400,000 and serve several years of jail time.

X-Rated Soundtrack Courtesy of Dentist’s Sexy Girlfriend

Dr. Victor Patacchiola  has a steady stream of patients in and out of his London dental practice. UK’s The Sun began investigating his practice after multiple patients claimed to have heard groans and other raunchy noises. “It sounded like someone having sex. It was really off-putting,” The Sun quoted a patient as saying.

It turns out that the dentist’s girlfriend (a blonde who goes by the name of “Tiny”) works upstairs from the dental practice, performing strip teases and sexual performances. The doctor defends the setup, claiming that Tiny is a therapist and everything is completely legal.

Legal? Maybe. Distasteful? Definitely.

Variations on Classic Themes

Every week, dental stories pop up in a few common areas…

Unlicensed Dentist Gets Busted
This week: Ottawa Man Pleads Guilty to Unlicensed Dentistry

Dentist Accused of Shoddy Work
This week: Bungling Dentist Left Woman Looking like ‘Bride of Dracula’

Dentist Accused of Misconduct
This week: CA Dentist Accused of Sex Assault on 19 Male Patients

Dentists Face Stress
This week: Dental Surgeon Takes Suicide Leap, Blames “Tremendous Stress”

Somewhere, A Dentist Does Something Stupid
This week: Dentist and New Wife Face Charges for Wedding Night Brawl

Dentists: Do You Treat Kids? (video)

pediatric dentistry The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists if they treat pediatric patients.

Pediatric dentistry isn’t as profitable as cosmetic dentistry, but it’s rarely about the money.

Pediatric dentistry is a good thing to do for your community, but only if you like doing it.

“If you treat children like gold, you’ll see their mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents as well!” said a Virginia dentist.

Pediatric dental patients can provide a whole new set of family patients. But not all doctors are cut out to be a children’s dentist.

“I break out in hives when I treat anyone under 18!” said an Indiana dentist.

Click on play to watch the survey video and hear the full survey results –

Dentists Say Lead Is Dentistry’s Biggest Health Threat

Other Dental Health Concerns Include Mercury and Bisphenol-A

In this survey, we asked dentists how concerned they are about various potential public health threats linked to dentistry. Dentists’ concerns, in order, are:

General dentists versus specialists

  1. Lead in dental lab work
  2. Mercury in amalgam
  3. Bisphenol-A in composite, and
  4. Fluoride in water supplies.

General dentists had higher levels of concern on all issues than specialists. However, specialists and generalists agreed on the relative dangers of the chemicals covered in this survey.

Dentists’ thoughts

  • “I’d like to be doing all gold restorations.” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “All four of these need to be totally nailed down as to their safety, or lack thereof.” (Arkansas dentist)
  • “Two things that will bite dentistry in the butt are fluoride and amalgam if we don’t stop forcing them on the public.” (Idaho dentist)

Mercury

  • “150 years have not proved Amalgam to be dangerous.” (Arkansas dentist)
  • “Amalgams have saved billions of teeth!” (Washington dentist)
  • “A known toxin, no safe levels, should be banned.” (Louisiana dentist)

Lead

  • “Lead in dental casting alloy? Outrageous!” (Colorado dentist)
  • “Recent articles have debunked the worry over the amount of lead in ‘farmed-out’ crowns. Still, we need to monitor that work.” (California dentist)

Bisphenol-A (BPA)

  • “This stuff is everywhere. Composites without BPA just don’t hold up well.” (Wisconsin dentist)
  • “It’s probably not too dangerous, but don’t cast stones, Mr. Composite: you live in a glass house!” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “It’s ironic that many patients are removing long tested amalgam and replacing them with bisphenol composites of unproven safety.” (California dentist)

Fluoride

  • “It’s been shown to be effective, but we shouldn’t be medicating the whole population.” (Colorado dentist)
  • “The best public health measure ever instituted in this country for caries prevention.” (Texas dentist)
  • “Known to be toxic.” (California dentist)

Post your thoughts or read the complete dental public health threats survey results

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