A Peekskill, NY, man who claims he was a licensed orthodontist in his native Ecuador has been arrested and charged with operating an illegal dentist's office in the kitchen of his home and giving patients wine from a jug to help them cope with the pain.
Carlos Flores (above) was picked up two days before Christmas when police raided his home located about 30 miles north of New York City. The word on his activities came from a man who had to be hospitalized after Flores broke one of his teeth during an extraction.
Police, who seized a dentist's chair, drugs and orthodontic equipment, said Flores is being charged with practicing dentistry without a license. They said his patients mostly were poor Hispanics.
While wine is not recommended as a painkiller, some types have long been shown to have positive effects on human health.
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