Dental Patients in Tennessee Urged to Get HIV, Hepatitis Tests

Some dental patients in Tennessee have been advised to undergo HIV and hepatitis B and C testing after a dentist in the state failed to properly sterilize dental equipment, according to reports.

A Knoxville dentist by the name of Clarence “Buzz” Nabers did not ensure the proper sterilization of dental equipment, The Associated Press reports. Following an investigation into the matter, Nabers was fined $11,000 by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry and his license was put on probation. The investigation also found that Nabers forged certification documents and had “unqualified employees” perform tasks such as filling cavities, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Nabers said previously that he has implemented protocols to correct the issues.

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