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CBS Kool Smiles Statement

Statement Regarding CBS Whistleblower Series: “Whistleblower: Blow the Whistle, Change the World”

On July 13, 2018, CBS News aired the first in a new series focused on whistleblowers. The first segment titled, “Whistleblower: Blow the Whistle, Change the World” may be viewed HERE


The segment included dentists formerly employed by the pediatric dental chain Kool Smiles that brought whistleblower lawsuits alleging unsafe and fraudulent Medicaid practices by the company.  

The Medicaid dental program must have appropriate oversight in order to protect patients, participating dentists, and taxpayers. The tragic patient death included in the dental segment highlights the need to put patient safety first and foremost. The Texas Dental Association (TDA) believes that strong licensing and enforcement actions are crucial to patient protection and to deter all illegal practices relating to the dental profession. 

TDA promotes the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct within the practice of dentistry. TDA member dentists are required to abide by both the TDA and American Dental Association’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Conduct. TDA also works closely with the State of Texas to educate member dentists about all requirements of participation in the Medicaid dental program. Additionally, TDA fully supports dental laws and regulations that prevent attempts to control, influence, or interfere with a dentist’s independent professional judgement regarding diagnosis and treatment.