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  • Deadly Dentistry

    Government failures allow dentists to endanger and even kill their patients. A death occurs about once every other day in America, but regulators rarely take public action. They often keep important safety information secret. Even when discipline is meted out, dentists often go right on treating patients. And the criminal justice system offers victims little hope.
  • Arizona's Dental Dangers

    Our unprecedented investigation into Arizona's dental industry exposed how patients have been repeatedly victimized by bad dentists and the unjust system that protects them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpdE4rcY4QM&feature=youtu.be http://www.abc15.com/dentaldangers
  • Dollars and Dentists

    “Dollars and Dentists” documented how corporate dental chains owned by private equity firms prey on lower income Americans with promises of affordable dental care. We found widespread complaints of overcharging and unnecessary treatments.
  • Denticaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas

    A nearly two-year-long probe of Medicaid dentistry by WFAA’s Byron Harris discovered what authorities now say is a system of corporate fraud, propelled by Wall Street. News 8 found taxpayer money has gone to finance lavish lifestyles of dentists who have billed the government for unnecessary orthodontics and other procedures that, in many instances, harmed children. WFAA also uncovered a network of Medicaid recruiters who, for at least one clinic, lured children into a van with cash and food, had them sign their parents' names on treatment forms, then performed extensive and unnecessary work on their teeth without their parents’ permission. The FBI is currently investigating this and other Medicaid fraud schemes brought to light by WFAA's reporting.
  • Crooked Teeth

    The WFAA-TV investigative series, "Crooked Teeth," reveals a troubling lack of state and federal oversight of the Texas Medicaid orthodontic program, which is designed to help poor children with severely misaligned teeth. The lack of oversight has allowed Texas dentists and their corporations to exploit the health care bureaucracy and garner hundreds of millions of dollars. "Crooked Teeth" also raises questions about other Medicaid reimbursements nationally, including troubling payment policies by one of the nation's largest government contractors.
  • Lead in Dental Work

    "WBNS-TV spent the past year probing into the presence of toxic lead in dental work such as crown, bridges and dentures. The team discovered a lack of state and federal regulation in the dental laboratory industry, an industry largely overlooked and unknown to the consumer until WBNS-TV broke the story in February 2008. An increasing number of laboratories outsource dental work to other companies. The FDA doesn't track the materials in foreign or domestic dental work. The lack of oversight results in patient risk.
  • Dr. Brain DDS

    "For decades low-income children complained to police that a local dentist criminally assaulted them...The State of Washington paid the dentist millions of tax-dollars, while encouraging families on welfare to visit his office. KIRO Team 7 Investigators not only uncovered never-before released court files, but also exposed a system that rewards disciplined dentists."
  • Drilling for Dollars: Children's Dentistry Investigation

    After a five month investigation WJLA found that the leading chain of dental clinics, Small Smiles, for Medicaid children used assembly line treatment that rewarded profit over compassionate care. The parent company of Small Smiles "set daily production goals for its 63 clinics and gave enormous bonuses to the clinics that billed the most to Medicaid."
  • State of Decay: West Virginia's Oral Health Crisis

    West Virgina has the highest percentage of "older adults who have had all their natural teeth removed. The state's Medicaid program will pay for pulling teeth, but not saving them." Also "dentists were billing the state more for pulling low-income children's teeth than for cleaning them."
  • Scandal At UMDNJ

    "A series of investigative and enterprise stories into how the University of Medicine and Dentistry of new Jersey violated the public's trust- which uncovered widespread fraud and abuse at the nation's largest public health sciences university, ranging from the payment of illegal kickbacks to cardiologists for patient referrals, to inside deals that threatened a bio-research lab deemed crucial to the security of the New York metropolitan area. The stories led to federal and state investigations, dozens of resignations, likely indictments, and a governor's task force now seeking to restructure the university."