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Kentucky Dental Association warns of fraudulent connection to product website

Louisville, Ky.—The Kentucky Dental Association wants its members and the public to know it did not authorize a company promoting an at-home drilling kit to use its mailing address in their Internet domain.

Earlier this week, the Louisville Dental Society contacted KDA leaders after receiving an email from a member who saw a Facebook page for DentiDrill, which is describe as “a dental drill that you can use yourself, in the comfort of your own home and in your own time.” The Facebook page features a video of someone using the drill on a young boy, who is lying down on a couch.

The member checked the domain to determine who registered the Facebook page and saw it had the mailing address for the KDA listed, said Melissa Nathanson, director of communications for the KDA. There’s also an 800 phone number, but it’s linked to a real estate firm in New Jersey, Ms. Nathanson said. There is also a website for the product, http://dentidrill.nl, which is in Dutch.

“I think everyone would agree that this is not good publicity for organized dentistry to be associated with this website and Facebook page, not to mention that the information given to set up the domain name is fraudulent,” Ms. Nathanson said. “Just the thought of someone doing this at home on their child or whoever is very scary.”

She contacted the ADA, lodged a complaint through Facebook, and called the FBI, which directed her to their Internet Crime Complaint Center online, where Ms. Nathanson lodged a complaint. She said it’s unclear whether the product is a real offering or a hoax.