By Michael Evans.
Authorities in Beijing have closed down a denture processing factory that had used scrap metal and shoe polish to manufacture false teeth.
The move came after the unlicensed factory was uncovered by an investigate report by a local newspaper.
The investigation found the factory melted recycled residue of metal materials to make dentures and used shoe polish and furniture cleansing products to whiten and brighten the dentures.
Since the purity of the metal was lower, the dentures would unavoidably have small holes on them. The poorly-made dentures were also likely to cause irritation in the mouth and other oral diseases if they were not disinfected under strict conditions, according to Shao Dongsheng, a former prosthodontist with Beijing Stomatological Hospital.
When confronted by reporters, factory owner Huang Yuchao minced no words. “To put it bluntly, this is an unlicensed factory. If there is any check, we won’t pass it.”
According to the Beijing News, workshop employees said the use of shoe polish was the factory director’s “unique and creative innovation.”