Kevin Davis was in his early 20s when he took his two boys to the Small Smiles dental center in Toledo, Ohio. Even though Kevin, Jr. was only three years old and his baby brother, Zaire only 18 months, Kevin believed that it was smart to begin their oral health at a young age.
He reluctantly agreed to allow his sons to be taken in the back, after the Small Smiles staff informed him that he was not allowed to go past the waiting room.
When the boys emerged approximately four hours later, sweating and crying, their mouths swollen, their dad believed the dentist when he said that they were fine and assumed that they were upset because they didn’t like going to the dentist. Kevin Jr. had multiple cavities filled and little Zaire - whose full set of teeth hadn't even grown in at that point - came out with caps on his four front teeth.
It wasn't until seven years later that he learned through information provided from our office that Small Smiles was mistreated children. Kevin asked his oldest son if he had been strapped down during his procedure.
Kevin, Jr. said, "Yes."
His dad was shocked. "I just can't believe it," Kevin said. "If they strapped Kevin Jr. down, they must have strapped down Zaire, too, since he wasn't even two yet."
In another incident, 5-year-old Brandon went to Small Smiles to have his teeth cleaned, but certainly he didn’t expect to have his arms and legs strapped down to the chair and receive 16 painful root canals and have 16 silver caps put on his teeth.
His mom was shocked when two hours later he finally came out of the room that she was not allowed to enter.
“His whole shirt was full of sweat, he had blood dripping from his mouth and all I could see was silver shining through,” Christie, Brandon’s mom, said. “He was freaking out.”
Six-year-old Morgan had to undergo five root canals and five fillings, topped with five crowns, all in one sitting. When she kept crying for her mom, they turned the radio “really loud” so that no one could hear her crying.
Morgan’s mom, Sandra, had no idea what was going on, as she was not allowed past the front desk to go back with her daughter.
“They said, ‘Oh no, you can’t go back there, you can’t go back there,’” Sandra said.
Brandon and Morgan’s stories are not the only ones.
Tens of thousands of children across the country have entered Small Smiles dental clinics with perfectly healthy teeth and left with mouths full of fillings and caps, after having had their teeth drilled and root canals performed - sometimes even without pain medication.
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