I reblogged a post yesterday about a dentist who physically assaulted his child patient and added a comment on the post about my own experience with an abusive pediatric dentist, but I wanted to make a post of my own warning people about him.
When I was a child, my younger brother and I went to a dentist called Dr. David Moore. In front of our parents, Dr. Moore acted professional and nice, but once I was alone with him, his behavior completely changed. I had a tendency to talk too much sometimes as a kid, and if it started to annoy him, he would clamp his hand over my mouth and yell at me to “shut the fuck up”. If I accidentally bit him, he would scream at me, calling me a “bitch” and a “cunt”. I didn’t understand what those words meant at the time, but I do now, and I know that calling a little girl those names is inexcusable. When he got really angry, he would grab my upper jaw with his hand while I was lying down and violently yank me up into a seating position, pull me down into the chair by my hair, pinch me, or slam my head against the chair. Sometimes, he would also hold me down or strap me to the chair so that I couldn’t move and stick this painful mouth prop thing into my mouth.
The scariest thing of all, though, is something that at the time, I didn’t even think anything of. Dr. Moore would give me an injection that he called “fairy dust” that would “help me go to sleep”. Like most kids, I was scared of needles, but he would get angry if I said anything or even whimpered or flinched slightly when he stuck me with the needle, and start shouting at me that there was no needle and that I was lying, even though I could clearly see and feel the needle that he was sticking into my face. Then he would put a mask over my face and tell me to take deep breaths, and I would lose consciousness.
At the time, I assumed this was just something he was supposed to be doing, but I recently read an article in a local magazine describing how Dr. Moore would unnecessarily put his patients under general anesthesia (which he did not have a permit for) and leave them unattended.
Dr. Moore physically abused me and many other children without facing consequences until 2006, when he had his license suspended after choking a patient–for a mere 6 months. He is now back and practicing pediatric dentistry in Charlotte, and it terrifies me to think that parents are leaving their children alone with this man.
I found this article detailing some of the things he did to other children, many of which were all too familiar to me.
In one case described in a report by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners, Moore pulled a girl “off of the dental chair by her head and neck and slammed her against the window in the operatory.” In another, he choked a boy and left marks on the child’s neck and face. A third child also emerged from his office with marks on his cheeks and arms after Moore strapped him to a chair and used a mouth prop that caused unnecessary bleeding.
His name is Dr. David Moore and he is at Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina. PLEASE, DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO SEE THIS MAN OR LEAVE THEM ALONE WITH HIM, and please reblog this to get the word out about this dangerous man.