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Ontario dentist defends his practice after health unit's hepatitis C warning

This photo was posted to Yelp Feb. 4, 2016, said to be the dental clinic previously known as Joe Philip and Associates in Orillia. Photo credit: Yelp

A central Ontario dentist is defending his practice after public health officials said two patients who had received dental services at his clinic tested positive for hepatitis C.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says an investigation found patients may have been exposed to dental instruments that weren’t properly cleaned and sterilized at the Orillia, Ont., clinic previously known as Joe Philip and Associates.

It’s recommending people who received dental services at the clinic between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 18, 2017 consider testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

The agency says improper cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical and dental instruments can spread infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV to patients.

Philip says in a statement that sterilization procedures at his clinic meet or exceed those required by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

He says there are no facts to suggest any instruments used in his practice at any time were not adequately sterilized.