An Anaheim children’s dental clinic twice closed due to multiple bacterial infections will reopen Monday.
The Children’s Dental Group at 2156 E. Lincoln Blvd. was shut down in mid-September and then again in mid-December when tests showed bacteria was still in the office’s water system, even though it recently had been replaced.
Dozens of youngsters have been affected by the bacterial outbreak.
Of the 68 reports to date, 22 cases have been confirmed and 46 are listed as probable, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. All of those children were hospitalized at some point.
The age range of the affected patients is 2 to 11 years old, according to the agency. All of the cases were reported between Feb. 4 through Aug. 26 of last year.
“The health and well-being of our patients remain our top priorities,” said Dr. Jerry Minsky, the Children’s Dental Group’s chief dental officer. “As always, we will provide them with high quality care in a comfortable, safe, child-friendly environment, and do all that we can to ensure their wellness.”
Minsky said in the statement, which was posted on the clinic’s website, that, “we have met all the conditions of the Orange County Health Care Agency’s December 2016 order.”
Since multiple evaluations from regulatory agencies, Minsky said the clinic has “extraordinary infection control, sterilization, and safety practices — well beyond those required by dental industry standards.”
Attorney Ed Susolik, whose firm represents a 6-year-old boy who lost much of his lower jaw to an infection, said, “We certainly hope they will have made the necessary changes to ensure the safety of the children and other patients.”
The clinic is facing 16 lawsuits at present, but it is expected the number of lawsuits may near 100 based on how many claims have been filed so far. Legal claims with government agencies are necessary precursors to a lawsuit.
Attorneys in court Friday to discuss the lawsuits discussed a move to combine them all into one case, much like a class-action lawsuit, Susolik said. That is expected to be done soon, he said.
— City News Service