December 25, 2008
Carlos Flores - Man With Unsanitary Dentist Instruments Arrested For Practicing Dentistry In His Kitchen Without A License
Peekskill, New York (The Weekly Vice) -- Carlos Flores, a 68-year-old Peekskill, New York man was arrested after allegedly practicing dentistry without a license inside his kitchen.
Flores was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession and 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after a patient of his was hospitalized following a trip to Flores' dentist chair.
Investigators say the victim went to Flores with a complaint of a toothache. When Floris attempted to extract the offending tooth, it allegedly broke in half, creating injury and massive pain.
When police raided Flores' home, they found a substantial amount of orthodontic equipment. Among the items seized in the arrest were a dental chair, drills narcotics and dozens of handheld dentistry instruments.
Authorities were especially concerned about the lack of sanitation of the instruments.
"The tools were blood-stained, and it appears as if he had no regard for any sanitary code," said the arrest report. "To think of the disease he could have or may have spread. It's just unconscionable."
Police believe Flores primarily catered to Hispanics who did not have insurance coverage.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Pain has a whole new meaning. Bloodstained dentist tools? Rusted out trays and dirty cotton balls? I think I would have kept the toothache.
The Weekly Vice
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