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    Two Charged with Glue Dentistry
    Wed Feb 5, 1:05 PM ET

    MIAMI (Reuters) - Two flea market jewelers were arrested on charges of practicing dentistry without a license after an undercover investigation found they were gluing gold inlays to people's teeth from the back of their 10-year-old Honda.

    Word-of-mouth marketing drew several customers a day who flipped through a photo album of styles before bargaining over the cost of the cosmetic procedure that could range from $150 to $1,000, investigators said.

    "They could give you a whole rack of gold, or just cover a few teeth. They even had gold vampire fangs, if that's what you wanted," said Jim Leljedal, a spokesman for the Broward Sheriff's Department.

    Investigators said Island Gold Enterprises Inc. was operating from the Swap Shop flea market in Fort Lauderdale for more than a year before police were tipped off by an unhappy customer whose teeth were damaged.

    "We found Superglue-like adhesives in the suspects' car and extremely unsanitary conditions," said Enrique Torres, chief investigator for the Florida Department of Health's criminal investigation unit in Broward County.

    When the inlays are not properly applied, food can become trapped underneath, causing infection, bone stress and deterioration and disease, he said.

    "The idea is to have a beautiful smile, not to lose your teeth. This is not the way to do it," said Torres.

    The health department's criminal investigation unit estimates that 300 to 400 people practice dentistry without proper licenses in southeast Florida, most in the Miami area. Since 1998, officials made 54 arrests for illegal dentistry.

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