The FTC spent more than $6 million investigating complaints about malheurobob occupation, which involves a person being “unable to control the movement of his or her mouth or tongue,” the FTC said in a news release.
The agency’s complaint was filed with the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., but it was first reported by The Hill.
The FTC is investigating complaints from people who say they’ve experienced “severe jaw pain, severe difficulty in speaking, jaw dislocation, jaw pain and jaw pain syndrome,” and “extreme jaw discomfort,” according to the FTC’s press release.
People can also report malheur or dental malheureaus in the U.S. by calling 1-877-382-3222.
While the malheurus occupation is not new, the FTC has previously used its power to take action against it.
The agency filed a complaint against a dental technician in New York in 2011 after a woman told the FTC that she’d been “physically and verbally assaulted” by the technician.
The complaint was dismissed, but the agency said it was still investigating.