Dental Expert Testifies In Anderson Case

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Dentist expert Dr. Greg Goddard testified Thursday before a Yolo Superior Court jury on the second day of Mark Anderson's trial that a general practice dentist has no business touching a patient's pectoral muscles, even in diagnosing the cause of facial aches and pains. reports:

Anderson, a longtime Woodland dentist, is facing 21 counts of sexual battery for touching the breasts of female patients who visited his practice between February 2005 and August 2007.

Anderson has pled not guilty to the charges, saying he touched the women's breasts to diagnose or treat temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMD, a painful condition related to muscle tension in the upper body. TMD is similar to the symptoms of temporomandibular joint affliction, or TMJ, and the terms are often used interchangeably.

However, Goddard, the prosecution's expert witness, told jurors Thursday that if a dentist was trying to diagnose TMD, he would be concerned only with the jaw and neck muscles. The pectoral muscles are not known to trigger pain in the jaw area, said Goddard, a retired professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. He has written a self-care book called, "TMJ: The Jaw Connection: The Overlooked Diagnosis."

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