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More people turning to emergency rooms for dental care
Updated: 12/16/2011 7:00:18 PM

More people turning to emergency rooms for dental care  

One of the best reasons to visit the dentist regularly is that dental health professionals can catch small oral health problems before they before major issues. Recently, a study conducted by the Florida Public Health Institute found that more than 115,000 people visited the state's emergency rooms due to dental visit, which is a 9 percent increase from 2008.

News Press reports that this number reflects over $89 million in healthcare costs for Florida, and that the taxpayers suffered most of that burden.

“Most of these folks probably do not have a dental home or the resources to obtain dental care,” said Dr. Claude Earl Fox, the institute's executive director, quoted by the news source.

Reuters estimates that 45 million Americans do not have dental insurance, which is most likely contributing to the rise in the the number of individuals who are waiting to deal with a dental problem until it has gotten out of control. Luckily, there are many affordable dental plans on the market that can help people gain access to the oral care they need.

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