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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.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Toothless: Washington's Lax Dental Oversight

    The series revealed that the Washington dental board has been slow to act and has cut generous deals with some of the state's most complained-about dentists. The investigation revealed that dentists had been allowed to continue working in Washington after they lost their licences in other states, have been caught running dangerously unsanitary clinics, or have repeatedly injured patients.
  • Desperate Appointment

    Using undercover surveillance, KNXV reporters exposed Mexican dentists who crossed the border to perform illegal weekend procedures on illegal immigrants. The cash-only operation, which usually took place in the back of homes and in abandoned trailers, operated under the state dental board's radar. In some instances, patients risk serious infection at the hands of unlicensed dentists. As a result of the investigation, two of the dentist practices were shut down and KNXV was able to open up phone lines to "help people who needed dental care from licensed clinics."
  • From the mouths of babes comes ... Medicaid money

    This investigation examines how five Colorado dental clinics, which billed Medicaid for more than $16 million in 14 months, perform extensive dental work on children. The stories also reveal how children were restrained during treatment while their parents were required to sit in waiting rooms. Though one dentist defended the work, saying poor children tend to have poorer dental hygiene habits, two state agencies are looking into how the clinics do business.