Seattle dentist, salem dentist, white dentist arrested for bleaching teeth
A Seattle dentist and a salem dental surgeon are being charged with a misdemeanor in connection with an investigation into a bleaching incident in which dental staff were required to wash the teeth of patients in a salons dental office in August, the Oregon Department of Justice said Thursday.
The dentist, Dr. William L. White, and the saloon dentist, Chris L. Smith, were arrested Aug. 29 on suspicion of operating a saloon dental practice in violation of the Oregon Public Health Act, the department said in a statement.
The case was being prosecuted by the state’s public integrity unit.
The saloon was not in compliance with state and federal standards and the department was taking further disciplinary action, the statement said.
Salem’s chief health officer, Dr Stephen K. Haines, issued a statement calling the charges a “very serious” violation of Oregon law.
Haines said he could not comment on the details of the case because the criminal case was ongoing.
White and Smith were not immediately available for comment.
Oregon’s Office of Professional Competence issued a report in October that said dental equipment used by the saloons dental office was not properly maintained and had failed to comply with state standards for keeping patients’ teeth healthy.
The office found that the dental equipment was not adequately sterilized, that there was no cleaning or sanitizing of the equipment and that there were multiple instances of patients having their teeth bleached without the required treatment, the report said.