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Teen Alleges Tooth Theft While Dentist Sticks to Safety Protocols

A dentist’s adherence to safety protocols sparks a legal challenge from an indignant teen. Despite the young man’s claims, the dentist prioritizes public health and infection control.

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When an 18-year-old man had four teeth extracted, he anticipated taking them home, but the Benson, Arizona dental practice refused due to health protocols. The dentist cited concerns about bloodborne diseases and adherence to Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines, which consider extracted teeth potentially infectious materials. Although it’s not illegal to return teeth to patients, most dental providers follow strict disposal practices to ensure safety. The patient filed complaints with the Benson Police Department, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Arizona Dental Board and has vowed to pursue civil action. Despite the teen’s dissatisfaction, the dentist’s actions highlight the critical balance oral health professionals must maintain between patient expectations and public health standards. No word on what the teen hoped to do with his extracted teeth. Click here to read more.

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