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4 months ago

Alleged mastermind of Dallas dentist's killing captured

MEXICO CITY --Days after being added tothe FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list, a woman wanted for the killing of a Texas dentist was arrested in Mexico, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth station KTVT reported.

The Attorney General's Office said Friday that 33-year-old Brenda Delgado was detained at a house in the city of Torreon, in northern Coahuila state. She will be held at a Mexico City prison pending extradition proceedings.

Delgado faces charges of capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in connection with the death of Dr. Kendra Hatcher.

Hatcher, 35, was fatally shot in the parking garage of a Dallas apartment complex on September 2, 2015. Investigators said Delgado arranged the killing because she was jealous Hatcher was dating her ex-boyfriend and had recently been introduced to his parents.


An undated photo shows pediatric dentist Dr. Kendra Hatcher.

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Neil Hatcher, the victim's brother, said he was notified of Delgado's arrest and was "tickled pink" by the news, according to KTVT.

On Wednesday, the FBI named Delgado one of its "Most Wanted Fugitives."

"Brenda Delgado was able to effectively manipulate everyone cosmetic dentist she involved in her calculated scheme. Although she didn't pull the trigger herself, she is still responsible for the murder," Thomas M. Class, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Dallas Field Office, said Wednesday.

Delgado initially spoke with investigators about the murder, but officials said she fled the country when it became clear she was a person of interest in the case.

The accused gunman, Kristopher Love, and the woman accused of driving him to the parking garage, Crystal Cortes, were both in custody and facing capital murder charges.

An indictment said Delgado promised to give Love drugs and money, from herself and a drug cartel, to kill Hatcher.

An extradition agreement between the U.S. and Mexico meant Delgado will not face the death penalty, KTVT reported. Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk has said Delgado could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

4 months ago

FDA: Mercury Dental Fillings May Be Harmful to Some

Silver-colored dental fillings containing mercury may be harmful to pregnant women, children and fetuses, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday after settling a lawsuit filed by several consumer advocates.

The FDA, in its settlement, agreed to alert consumers about the risks on its Web site and to issue a more specific rule for fillings that contain mercury by July 2009, spokeswoman Peper Long told Reuters.

Millions of people in the U.S. are said to have the metal fillings, called amalgams, in their mouths.

"Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses," the FDA said on its Web site.

"Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid seeking dental care but should discuss options with their health practitioner," the agency said.

The FDA does not recommend the removal of silver fillings.

Click here to read more on this story from Reuters.

12 months ago

Dental Implants Among the Best Options for Tooth Replacement.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- For many years dentures orbridges were the only two replacement alternatives for individuals wholost their permanent teeth. Today, there's a third, and what manydental professionals consider to be a preferable choice: dentalimplants.

Because they replace the tooth's root as well as its visible crown, implant-mounted replacement teeth are far stronger, more comfortable and usually much longer-lasting than dentures, bridges or single crowns. In fact, implants directly stimulate the jawbone and help prevent the loss of bone, chronic denture sores and additional tooth loss often associated with dentures.

How Implants Work

In most cases, placing dental implants is a two-part process. During the first phase a dentist places a titanium implant about the size of a natural tooth root directly in the jawbone. The implant is then covered with gum tissue and allowed to bond with the bone for three to six months. A temporary removable tooth or denture is usually fitted to fill the space.

The second phase begins once the implant has securely bonded to the bone. At this point, the implant is uncovered and a post -- which protrudes through the gums in a manner similar to natural teeth -- is attached. A restorative dentist then caps it all off with a permanent crown.

The result is a replacement tooth that looks and acts very similar to the original. Replacement teeth are cared for in the exact same manner as natural teeth: regular brushing, flossing and professional cleaning are all that's needed.

Pain Threshold and Rate of Success

The majority of patients report finding tooth implants less painful than having Prosthodontist Hoboken a tooth pulled. Many neither need nor want pain medicine. In addition, the most common post-implant problems (swelling, brushing and moderate discomfort) generally clear up within a few days.

Overall, dental implants have a spectacular success rate. Of those that were placed 20 years ago or longer, more than 90 percent are still in place. When the surrounding tissues are kept healthy, implants have a potentially unlimited lifespan.

To learn more about dental implants, contact an ODA-member dentist. To locate an ODA-member dentist in your area, call the ODA at 405.848.8873 or visit .

About the ODA

Founded in 1907, the Oklahoma Dental Association has more than 1,400 member dentists. The association is committed to improving the public's oral health and advancing the art and science of dentistry while maintaining the highest ethical standards in the profession.

CONTACT: Emily Wells, +1-405-507-6296, for Oklahoma Dental Association

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1 year ago

Dental Organization Offers Additional Consumer Information Pertaining To Today's WSJ Article, 'Did I Really Have a Root Canal?'

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In an article on the front page of todays Personal Journal section in The Wall Street Journal, the newspaper details the growing popularity of sedation dentistry, a safe, effective method of treating patients who are anxious about dental visits or are uncomfortable in the dentists chair.

The Journal article extensively quotes Dr. Michael Silverman, president and founder of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), the worlds leading educator of dentists who offer what is widely known as sedation dentistry.

This will come as great news to the 85 million Americans who the Journal notes avoid the dentist out of dread, says Dr. Silverman, who personally has treated more than 2,750 previously reluctant patients.

DOCS and Dr. Silverman prepared this news release to assist consumers who want additional information on the Journals story, headlined: Did I Really same day dentures Edison Have a Root Canal?

DOCS advises consumers interested in locating a DOCS-trained sedation dentist in their area to visit . The web site also provides more information on why DOCS-trained dentists are the worlds #1 provider of this anxiety-free treatment.

Dentists who would like to attend an upcoming DOCS course so that they too can answer their patients requests for oral sedation should visit or phone: 1-877-325-3627.

Many patients and dentists say the (oral sedation) technique is invaluable, The Wall Street Journal wrote in todays feature. Indeed, oral conscious sedation has made safe dentistry accessible to great numbers of patients who previously went without dental care.

But Dr. Silverman echoes the other experts in the Journal story who say that not just any dentist should be offering patients sedation dentistry. At DOCS, we train our dentists to meet and exceed standards set by the American Dental Association and state dental boards, he says. Make sure that your dentist has received proper training such as DOCS programs.

DOCS-trained dentists have safely and effectively treated more than one million previously anxious adult patients in the United States and Canada and thousands of new patients receive treatment each month, Dr. Silverman says.

The core drug used by DOCS-trained dentists is triazolam, which a leading expert told The Wall Street Journal is a very safe drug, DOCS notes. Patient safety is our number one mission, Dr. Silverman says.

There is no longer a need to avoid the dentist because you are fearful or anxious, Dr. Silverman adds. As the Journal article makes very clear, it is time that patients bid adieu to their dental fears once and for all.