"Dentist" Had Patients Spitting in Trash Can - NBC Chicago

"Dentist" Had Patients Spitting in Trash Can

Next dentist visit, you may want to ask to see some credentials

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    Perhaps he misunderstood the meaning of the word "practice."

    A Chicago man is accused of setting up a makeshift dental office on the Southwest Side and performing dental work on willing patients.

    Francisco Rendon, 49, was arrested Thursday and charged with misdemeanor providing medical service without a license, police Cmdr. David Jarmusz said.

    According to a report, Rendon rented a room in the 3700 block of South California Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood and kept syringes, painkillers and dentures and used something similar to a power tool usually used for polishing metal on his patients.

    Some patients might have been suspicious considering when they were being cared for they sat in a leather office seat instead of a reclining dentist’s chair and had to spit into a garbage can instead of a sink.

    Despite the makeshift office, Rendon told police he had a dentist license from Mexico.

    It’s obvious unlicensed dentists pose a threat to consumers.

    Unlike an unlicensed home contractor, who might damage property, an unlicensed dentist might be dangerous to a patient’s health, said Susan Hofer, a spokesperson for the state department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

    Hofer told the Chicago Tribune that the department has received 30 complaints concerning unlicensed dentistry in the past 16 months.