Article Photos: Oklahoma: Dental clinic inspections not necessary 3/3

Dentist Alice G. Boghosian shows a package of properly sterilized dental instruments before they are unwrapped along with a cassette filled with more sterilized instruments, lower left, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Chicago. Health officials in Oklahoma are calling an oral surgeon there who used dirty equipment and risked cross-contamination a “menace to public health” and are urging thousands of his patients to seek medical screenings for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Though officials say such situations involving dental clinics are rare, Dr. Matt Messina, a dentist in Cleveland, and a consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, says patients should ask their dentist and oral surgeon about the steps they and their staffs take to sterilize equipment. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)