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Lack of Dental Insurance Causing Some to Make Frequent Trips to the ER?

By March 1, 2012

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In a recent article from Worldental.org, concern is shown over the number of patients who visit the ER due to dental emergencies. I felt saddened by this reality because it reminded me of how many people go without dental care due to being uninsured and not being able to afford to see the dentist regularly or even for a toothache.

According to Worldental.org - "Florida Public Health Institute's Oral Health Coalition has analyzed quite recently the billing codes from Florida hospitals. It has been found that there is a considerable increase in the number of Florida patients who visit the ER with a toothache."

The problem with going to the ER for emergency dental care is the doctor's inability to properly diagnose or treat the problem. Sure, they can prescribe pain medicine and give some home care instructions that may or may not help, but that is very different from actually fixing the cause of the pain.

Many organizations have dealt with this issue by offering free dental screenings, fluoride treatments and sometimes even routine dental care for both adults and children. These types of programs are certainly beneficial to the public and I'm hoping to see more become available. If you or someone you know could benefit from these free screenings, you can visit the ADA.org and WorlDental.org websites for a full listing of upcoming dental clinics.

If you are a dental professional, this would be a great opportunity to give back to your community. As a dental professional myself, I plan to check into upcoming local dental clinics to volunteer my time and services as well. I can't think of a better way to help make sure everyone is able to receive the proper dental care needed for a healthy life.

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March 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm
(2) LuQee says:

I don’t have a dental irnnuasce too. It’s very expensive but we have no choice but to take good care of our teeth. WE really have to spend some bucks. When I was still a student. I always make sure that I go to my dentist for regular clean-ups and fillings, if needed. What my dentist used to do is to make me pay for her services on a staggered basis since I am still a student. Not too many dentist would understand that most Pinoys can’t afford the dental fees especially if it’s only a one time payment. My dentist understood my situation being just a student. I didn’t bother to ask my parents about the dental fees because that’s definitely not their priority. I make sure that I get to save up enough dime from my daily allowance to be able to pay my dentist. Sorry for the litany, LOL!Thanks Jess for the frequent visits and comments at my blogs. I sincerely appreciate it. See you around!

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