Identifying Dental Mistreatment

You should be able to count on a dentist to be there to help your child. But all too often, kids don't get the treatment they need for their cavities. Instead, they get the treatment their dentist wishes to be compensated for.

A child is not likely to know that they are being mistreated at the dentist, so it’s important for parents and guardians to identify dental mistreatment and then report it to the appropriate authorities.

Medicaid fraud is big business, with tens of billions of dollars being exploited from the system each year. The worst part is that the victims of this crime are taxpayers.

Calling out dental mistreatment is important not just in protecting your child, but also in holding dentists accountable for their actions and protecting the integrity of our healthcare system.


Types of Dental Fraud

The most common form of dental mistreatment is the overuse of fillings and crowns. Dentists can bill for each filling installed and as a result, some dentists insert unnecessary fillings and crowns in order to collect the added revenue.

Other types of dental mistreatment include unnecessary extractions, root canals and other costly procedures.


Protecting Your Child

Dental mistreatment can cause unnecessary pain for your child while adding unnecessary costs to your health care. So how can you protect against it?

  • Ask your dentist for a cost estimate before any procedures are performed.

  • Ask your dentist to show you the cavities in your child's mouth that need to be treated. This can be done with x-rays or mirrors.

  • Ask about any alternative treatment options or if a "wait-and-see" approach may be applicable.

  • Accompany your child into the treatment room to observe the appointment or watch from a viewing area if one is provided. This practice is customary at Kool Smiles.

According to a study by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, Kool Smiles performs fewer dental services at lower costs than other Medicaid providers, saving children and their families from unnecessary dental treatments. The better you are at identifying dental mistreatment, the more you can do to protect your child, your wallet and your insurance.

Kool Smiles is committed to providing quality dental care and dental education to families throughout the United States. For more information contact Kool Smiles directly!

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Sources:
Economist: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21603078-why-thieves-love-americas-health-care-system-272-billion-swindle
Dental Economics: http://www.dentaleconomics.com/articles/print/volume-103/issue-12/features/dental-health-care-fraud-and-abuse.html

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