The Center for Public Integrity and FRONTLINE investigate abuses in dentistry

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Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans can't afford a visit to the dentist.

An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and FRONTLINE reveals the shocking consequences of a broken safety net. Corporate dental chains are filling the gaps in care. But in some cases they are allegedly overcharging patients or giving them unnecessary treatments. Children on Medicaid are vulnerable to having expensive stainless-steel crown needlessly put over tiny cavities. And adults lured by ads for $249 dentures can be loaded down with thousands of dollars in high-priced credit card debt.

Center senior reporter David Heath and FRONTLINE producer Jill Rosenbaum investigate the problems with corporate dentistry in stories that publish June 26 and 27, and air 10:00pm ET, June 26 on PBS. Join us here on Wed., June 27 for live conversation with the reporting team.