7 children hospitalized after dental procedures in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Seven children have been hospitalized and hundreds more may be at risk of a serious infection after receiving treatment at an Anaheim dental clinic.

The Orange County Register reports that the Orange County Health Care Agency is contacting the parents of 500 children who also underwent pulpotomies at Children’s Dental Group beginning May 3. The clinic stopped performing the procedure on Sept. 6.

The seven infected children have developed oral cellulitis – a bacterial infection of the mouth that can spread to the gum and bone. One child tested positive for a different bacteria as well.

All children who had the procedure from May to September are being asked to return for a follow up visit.

Officials say the infection source at the dental clinic has not been identified.

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