Health officials warn dental practice patients to get tested

- Pennsylvania's state Department of Health is warning about 1,000 former patients of a closed Berks County dental practice to get tested for hepatitis and HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS.

   The health department says the Center for Family and Specialty Dentistry in Bern Township, near Reading, wasn't properly sterilizing devices between last December and October, when the health department shut down the practice.
 
   The department "recommends patients seen between December 19, 2015, and October 19, 2016, get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)."
 
   It also "recommends testing for current or former patients who had dental procedures performed at the office, such as cleanings, fillings, implants, denture fittings, and other procedures."
 
   Dr. Stephen Sulzbach's license was suspended. So were the licenses of two other dentists at the practice, Drs. Jana and Eric Osmolinski.
 
   The health department says it doesn't identify the sources of complaints it investigates, but says the important thing is that a public health risk was exposed.
 
   Patients can call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) for more information.
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