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Too many Americans turn to the ER for dental care
Updated: 2/29/2012 7:00:23 PM

Too many Americans turn to the ER for dental care   

Recently, a report was released by the Pew Center on the States that showed hospital emergency departments - which are seriously overburdened - have been getting an overwhelming number of patients who need dental care. This report coincides with what the American Dental Association has been saying for years, which is that too many Americans face barriers to oral care that force them to turn to an emergency room (ER).

Reuters estimates that 45 million Americans do not have dental insurance. When this population experiences oral pain, they may be reluctant to go to the dentist because they cannot afford it. Then, the problem gets worse, and the pain eventually gets so unbearable that they have to go to the hospital.

According to a press release about this problem, dental patients going to the ER the is costing the U.S. some serious cash.

"A study conducted last year by the South Carolina Dental Association showed that treatment for an abscessed tooth in a hospital emergency department, which in the majority of cases cannot cure the underlying problem, costs Medicaid on average $236 while the same problem treated by a private dentist - treatment that ends the problem - would cost the program $107," stated the release. 

These findings suggest that Americans are in need of awareness of the programs that exist to help them gain access to dental care, such as discount dental plans.

For more information on discount dental plans, call 1-888-632-5353

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