Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The New Face Of Dentistry: Answering The Call To TMJ With Breast Rubs!

Again in California, a dentist accused of fondling the breasts of 27 female patients is trying to keep his dental license by arguing that chest massages are an appropriate procedure in certain cases. Mark Anderson's lawyer says dental journals discuss the need to massage the pectoral muscles to treat a common jaw problem. Okay, and I need to scratch my ass to get rid of that pesky nose itch!

Police say Anderson routinely massaged patients' chests to treat temporo-mandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, which causes neck and head pain. Attorney's told and administrative law judge at a hearing that he should let Anderson keep his dental license while disciplinary appeals proceed. Anderson would be supervised by two assistants (preferably male) and would no longer do the chest rubs. And may I suggest that he take a refresher course on basic human anatomy!

Anderson's dental license was suspended last month and he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery and sexual battery. Yolo County prosecutors are investigating complaints from more than two dozen women who say they also were groped in the examining chair in the last five years.

And if you can believe this part of the story, one 31-year-old woman said Anderson fondled her at least six times over two years. She took to wearing tight shirts with high necklines, "and Anderson would still get in under her shirt and bra," according to a police report. And I have to wonder just how unwelcome the guy's boob rubs were, when a woman goes back to him 6 times. If a dentist has lousy wallpaper, I'll pick another one.

Maybe they can adapt this device, with steely arms sprouting cables and wires, the WAO-1 robot looks nothing like a relaxation device but researchers at Tokyo's Waseda University hope the contraption will soon be deployed to hospitals and spas across Japan to give therapeutic facial massages.The arms' movements are controlled by a complex set of algorithms designed to emulate massages. I'n sure this could be adapted to treat TMJ.

Frankly, I agree that breast rubbage should be an integral part of dentistry. But maybe it should go the other way. Normally the hot dental assistant. Sure would take away the pain of that freakin' root canal! Hmmmm. Maybe I've got something here. Hey Dr. Anderson...