Profit Over Patient? Small Smiles Accused of Mistreating Children
The national dental chain Small Smiles is facing allegations it allowed its smallest patients to suffer in order to turn a profit.
Small Smiles dental clinics treat some of the nation's poorest children. But, a five-month investigation by ABC News' Washington D.C. affiliate WJLA and investigative correspondent Roberta Baskin uncovered frightened children who were separated from their parents and cried for their mothers while they were strapped into restraining devices.
The restraint procedure is just one way Small Smiles does business. The clinics do business that most dentists won't handle treating children on Medicaid. The government reimburses less for dental care than priv