Oklahoma's Boared of Dentistry discusses possible recommendations

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Updated: 4/08/2013 10:45 pm Published: 4/08/2013 10:42 pm

Board members of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry are taking a thorough look at possible recommendations or changes to the agency following the investigation of Tulsa dentist, Dr. Scott Harrington.

The president of Oklahoma’s Board of Dentistry, Dr. Brad Hoopes, tells FOX23 that more open dialogue about recommendations is needed.

“It’s something as a whole that the board would look at and discuss,“said Dr. Hoopes.

Currently the agency has three inspectors to watch over more than 2,000 dentists in the state.  Dr. Hoopes says that is an aspect that needs to be considered.

“The recommendation for more inspectors is something that needs to be looked at, “said Dr. Hoopes, “But I don’t necessarily know if that’s what we need.”

The state prohibits surprise inspections at Dental offices but Dr. Hoopes says that policy could be evaluated.

“We work on a complaint basis,” said Dr. Hoopes, “We have board members look at the complaint and then decide if its worthy of being investigated and then it is moved to our investigator,” said Dr. Hoopes.

Dr. Hoopes says that the Board of Dentistry relies on the state legislature to decide what to do with its funding.

“We are a state agency, everything has to go through the state,” said Dr. Hoopes.

Formal charges have not been filed against Dr. Harrington or any of his dental assistants. The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry has scheduled a formal hearing for April, 19th.

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