A press release from KY3 in Springfield MO, reported that emergency room visits have increased due to a lack of affordable dental care. The article reports:
With no dental coverage and no way to afford a dentist appointment, many patients end up in pain and at the ER. In St. John’s Hospital’s ER, it’s the type of case that comes up many times each day: a patient with a terrible tooth ache.
“We’re providing a temporizing treatment, whether it’s to control the pain or, if it’s an infection, to help suppress an infection,” said Dr. Ted McMurray, medical director of St. John’s Emergency Trauma Center.
The ER can’t treat the root of the problem, however. Still, for patients 20 to 39 years old, dental cases make up more than 7 percent of all ER visits in Greene County. They make up 10 percent of all Medicaid visits, and a whopping 37 percent of all uninsured visits.
The report goes on to mention the nebulous place of dental care in the recent health care reform bill. Finding dental care, however, is not as impossible as it may seem. A discount dental plan allows you to meet your 3 biggest needs:
- See a dentist immediately
- For a lower cost at the dentist
- And a low monthly cost
If you’re experiencing dental pain, don’t go to the emergency room! You’ll get a big bill and only some temporary treatment. Go to 1Dental.com and purchase an emergency dental plan and make an appointment with the dentist ASAP!