It is easy to take for granted how fortunate we are to have access to great dental care in the United States. There is plenty of debate in this country about healthcare, including insurance and medical costs, and comparisons arise frequently to other countries. Regardless of those comparisons, one thing is certain: we definitely have it better than some other regions. One particular example that comes to mind is the town of Château-Chino in France. This town, once famed only for its medieval ruins and the legacy of its former mayor turned president, has recently become a news item for a despicable kind of evil that took place there.

Château-Chino is one of many places on this earth without access to adequate dental care for its residents. Due to this inadequacy, an individual who called himself a dentist took refuge and mutilated over 120 patients in the space of only 4 years. This dentist, now facing prosecution, is a case in point for the importance of professional dentistry and philanthropic dentistry in underprivileged communities. City Dental Centers provides such care annually to prevent incidents such as what happened to the victims of the ‘butcher’ dentist.

The Butcher Dentist

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Jacobus Marinus Van Nierop, known by his patients as Mark Van Nierop, spent 4 years improperly treating and swindling patients in Château-Chino before he was finally accused of his crimes. Originally assigned to the region in 2008 by a Dutch headhunter, much of Van Nierop’s crimes and failures as a dentist were swept under the rug due to him being the only practicing dentist in the region.

Van Nierop hadn’t been a perfect dentist before being assigned. His past in the Netherlands was far from exemplary. His poor skills had him eventually stripped of his license. His past was unknown to the residents of Château-Chino. Whether the headhunter assigned to fill the position in the region was aware of his checkered past or not is unknown

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It’s likely that he was selected quickly without a thorough investigation into his background due to the lack of a dental care provider in the area.

Van Nierop was so negligent that it’s unknown whether many of his procedures were conducted out of ignorance, attempt to defraud, or a desire for cruelty. Some of his common failures as a dentist included attending to more than one patient at a time, excessive use of anesthetics, and billing patients incorrectly or for procedures they never had. His more sinister appearing crimes included removing multiple teeth without reason or scraping plaque roughly off teeth with no concern for comfort of the patient or proper protection of the gums and teeth. Furthermore, he wasn’t just a failure to his patients, he was a failure to his suppliers who often went unpaid.

When his crimes were reported and enough had been gathered to bring a case against Van Nierop, he was placed under court supervision and banned from leaving France. He fled to Canada in December of 2013, but was caught a few months later.

Cases like this one are part of the reason why France’s Health Ministry has been pursuing  a Health Territory Pact. This initiative launched in 2012 encouraged young doctors to relocate to rural areas and fill positions in the 700 health centers that have been opened to cater to underserved communities.

Van Nierop, the ‘butcher’ dentist, is also an example of why City Dental Centers engages in philanthropic dentistry in order to assist underprivileged communities with their dental needs.

City Dental Centers’ Philanthropic Dentistry

City Dental Centers makes yearly trips abroad where they focus on ways to improve patient care and develop stronger relationships among the staff to create a family environment for their patients back home. During these visits, City Dental Centers visits underprivileged communities to provide them dental services and education that they otherwise might not have been able to experience. City Dental Centers seeks to make an impact at home as well and is heavily involved in education, particularly at the elementary level, and likes to educate young patients about the importance of proper dental hygiene.

Keep in mind that we are very blessed in the United States to not have the same problems other communities face in dealing with ‘butcher’ dentists. However, that does not mean that less skilled dentists do not occasionally slip through the cracks. Fortunately, at City Dental Centers you know that you are working with trained professionals that care about your well being before, during, and after your dental visit.

City Dental Centers is Here for You

City Dental Centers is a standout dental practice that cares for its patients and treats them like family. If you’re a patient at City Dental Centers, you’ll know the difference right away in terms of patient care, professionalism, and comfort in dental proceedings. Our involvement in the local community, and underprivileged communities abroad, combined with our attention to always improving as a practice is unheard of in most dental practices. However, it is a standard expectation of City Dental Centers and all of our staff. Patients come to City Dental Centers for a reason. We set the bar high for what anyone could ever expect of a dental practice and we seek to be the best each and every time you schedule a visit at any of our four conveniently located Southern California locations.

City Dental Centers was established by Dr. Sam Shahoveisi and Dr. Michael Danial to bring the experience of being like family to patients. With multiple locations across Southern California, City Dental Centers is the best choice for any and all of your dental concerns. The professionalism of their doctors will ensure you the best possible care before, during, and after your dental procedure.

For questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 888-553-7775. 

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Convenient Dentist Offices in Southern California

Doctor Sam Shahovesi and the team at City Dental Centers are here to provide our patients with the best dental services and dental surgeries for children and adults of all ages. From toddlers to seniors, City Dental Centers offers six convenient dentist offices in Southern California. We even have a dedicated children’s dentist office, City Dental Kids & Braces, to cater to the special physical and emotional needs of children.

Whether you need checkups, x-rays, braces, bonding, teeth whitening, sealants, oral cancer screenings, root canals, crowns, bridges, implants, or tooth extraction, City Dental Centers is here to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible.

Contact The Nearest Dentist to You

Ready to experience the best dentists in Los Angeles? Choose one of the convenient dental offices we have surrounding LA. We have dental practices in AzusaCoronaLake ForestMontclairPico Rivera, and West Covina. You can call our main line at (888) 624-8933 or reach out to an office directly with the information below. We’re so happy you’ve chosen City Dental Centers. We can’t wait to help you along your dental journey and brighten your beautiful smile!

Dentist in Azusa, CA

Location: 483 S. Citrus Ave. Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 966-3400

Dentist in Corona, CA

Location: 161 McKinley St. STE 102, Corona, CA 92879
Phone: (951) 737-3746

Dentist in Lake Forest, CA

Location: 24602 Raymond Way #210, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: (949) 461-5800

Dentist in Montclair, CA

Location: 5182 Moreno St, Montclair, CA 91763
Phone: (909) 295-3477

Dentist in Pico Rivera, CA

Location: 9400 Whittier Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Phone: (562) 949-2526

Dentist in West Covina, CA

Location: 154 Plaza Dr, West Covina, CA 91790
Phone: (626) 962-1722