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Consider it ground zero, because what allegedly happened at Dr. Scott Harrington's office has sent shock waves through the entire dental community.

"It's a real setback because from where we were and to where we are today there's not any excuse for that kind of behavior," said Dr. Craig Hine. He has a unique perspective of where dentists were considering his grandfather and father were dentists as well.

"This was a sterilization unit that was my granddad's back in the early 1920's," he said.

Compare that to this, a hands-free sterilization unit that looks straight out of Star Trek.

"And then all this is sterile, and then we use sterile wipes to wipe down everything that's sterile," he said.

A demonstration of cleanliness that may become a routine part of your next dental visit as doctors try to calm the concern of a leery public.

"Everybody that's a patient is going to be concerned. Where do I go? Who do I want to see, that has the technology that takes the extra precautionary steps to be very sterile?" said Dr. Hine.

Fallout from being in the same field as Dr. Harrington, which pales of course, to the ordeals of the people who were in the same room with Dr. Harrington.

"He's got 7,000 patients that are all going berserk right now, my assistants family was involved and so they're all upset about it," he said.

"He was supposed to get tested today, so hopefully he did that,"said Jamie Jones.

Before Jamie worked for Dr. Hine, she worked for another office that referred patients to Dr. Harrington, so naturally, that's where she told her dad to go.

"We've kind of, I don't know if my brother and sister and all them know, so we've just kind of kept it between my Dad and I," she said.

Meanwhile, the investigation into Dr. Harrington's practice is still ongoing. What are officials focusing on now?

"I can't tell you, it's, he was providing Medicaid I'll just say that," said Susan Rogers of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry.

"Medicaid is Sooner Care, it's welfare dentistry, so he may have been getting a lot of business doing that, so he wasn't giving them the best care, maybe," said Dr. Hine.

More probing, more questions, as the dental profession tries to distance itself from a practice officials describe as an "aberration."

"I can't see him recovering from this, I couldn't, you know I think, I think he's done," said Dr. Hine.

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