BEWARE: This Woman Was Victimized by an Illegal Dental Practitioner in Olongapo City Who Gave Her Botched Braces!
A dental practitioner is a professional who is qualified to attend to tooth problems. He or she is in charge of oral health and hygiene, as well as some special cases that may occasionally arise.
A dental practitioner can specialize in the following disciplines: Pediatric Dentistry, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, and Orthodontics, among others.
However, for someone to be considered legally able to practice dental work, he or she must attain a specialized degree and be able to pass the necessary tests for them to get a certificate that claims that they are, indeed, a legitimate dental practitioner.
Facebook fan page Divine Providence Dental Clinic released pictures of a young woman whom they alleged was the victim of an illegal dental practitioner. They said that her gums suffered severe trauma caused by malpractice.
According to their description:
“The patient came to us with her gums impinged by the brackets and the archwire that have been detached. Brackets were incorrectly placed and only God knows what kind of cement was used on the patient.”
“What a price to pay for cheap braces. Check the credibility of the dentist at PRC website and report these illegal ‘dentists’ to authorities.”
It was not known or verified whether or not the so-called illegal dental practitioner was working as a staff member at Divine Providence Dental Clinic.
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The clinic is located in 465 DCE Building, 2200 Olongapo City, Olongapo, Zambales. Many netizens tagged their friends as a sort of warning.
This was not the first time that such an incident has occurred. In fact, the local officials of the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) in Cebu have already issued a warning about fake and illegal dental practitioners.
Philippine Star reported that several people have already complained about the poor services they have been receiving from illegal dentists on social media, particularly Facebook.
Vice President of the PDA-Cebu chapter, Dr. Felix Asoy, revealed in a statement:
“There are several same complaints already… We know it has gone rampant. It has been a problem and we are trying to educate the public, not to entertain or patronize those kinds of business.”
Here is the whole post taken from Divine Providence Dental Clinic’s fan page:
Shocking! We advise everyone to always be wary of setting up appointments with dentists, particularly if they don’t seem to possess the proper certification or a degree that can confirm that they are legitimate dental practitioners. Let us know what you think about this story in the comments section below!