Oral Surgery Triggers Foreign Accent Syndrome
Oregon native, Karen Butler, went to her dentist's office to get dentures permanently affixed in her mouth. Her oral surgery resulted in Butler having both a nicer looking smile and a UK accent that she was not born with. Although the surgery occurred a couple of years ago, the story made headlines in 2011.
According to OregonLive.com, after Butler awoke with an accent, she sought the advice of both her dentist and her family physician for a diagnosis. The condition was only properly diagnosed as foreign accent syndrome months later a neurologist in town. Butler now is famous for being one of only 60 reported cases of foreign accent syndrome Aside from the change in her dialect, Butler is reportedly healthy.
Florida's Denture Smack-Down
Florida is one of the most popular places to retire in America resulting in slews of the elderly in town. While many local dentists have the proper bedside manner to deliver great dental care to the frail, one Florida dentist proved otherwise, as complications with an 85 year old patient, her dentures and their combined actions ended up with the dentist being charged with elder abuse.
NBCMIAMI.com reported that patient Virginia Graham went to visit Dr. Michael Hammond as she was experiencing discomfort with her false teeth. During the exam, the patient reportedly cried out in pain and as a result, she claimed longer wanted the fake teeth, demanded a refund and threw her teeth at Hammond. Hammond tried to clutch the false choppers, Graham tried to grab them back and the two entered an unusual tug-of-war for the devices. It was during this scuffle that Graham's fingers got caught on the device where she was cut and she responded by biting Hammond who then let go of his grip on the dentures.
The deputy who arrived on the scene noted that Graham was bruised from the transgression. Since Hammond had reportedly refused to either return the false teeth or provide a refund, he was charged with false imprisonment, battery, grand theft and elder abuse.
Individuals should use all these stories as a cautionary tale teaching the value of preventative dentistry and professional dental care. Individuals looking for a great dentist can call 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7.