Dental Clinics Accused Of Using Tainted Water On Kids Are Big Recipients Of Medicaid Dollars

LOS ANGELES ( — A network of children’s dental clinics accused of pushing unnecessary procedures on kids and using tainted water in dental procedures is also the recipient of millions of taxpayer dollars annually from the state’s insurance program for low-income patients, an investigation by CBS2’s David Goldstein has uncovered.

Children’s Dental Group first came under scrutiny in September, when CBS2’s Michele Gile broke the news that several patients of the group’s Anaheim clinic came down with bacterial infections. In the subsequent two months, dozens of other children reported infections.

Soon after, the Orange County Health Care Agency tested the clinic’s water and found it tested positive for mycobacteria. Health officials ordered the clinic to stop using the water in dental procedures. The clinic was permitted to resume using its water earlier this month.