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Dental clinic proves importance of care
San Francisco Chronicle

Jabari Kelly showed up at San Francisco General Hospital’s dental clinic last Friday looking like he was hiding a golf ball in his left cheek. He had been in pain for three weeks. The 36-year-old San Francisco man had an infected wisdom tooth, and swelling had spread into his jaw and cheek. A few more days, he was told, and the infection could have advanced below his chin, possibly restricting his breathing. “You’ve got 32 teeth – each one can kill you,” said Dr. Newton Gordon, a dentist and UCSF School of Dentistry professor.