According to a great piece from Action for Dental Health, which showcases local and state activity to increase access to dental care, students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City dental clinic and local community health centers are helping to relieve the burden a local hospital faces in treating people with severe dental pain.
Emergency rooms across the country are visited frequently by patients seeking treatment for dental pain, and most hospitals are underequipped and not sufficiently staffed to provide comprehensive dental care.
The number of dental visits to hospital emergency rooms doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2010, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. That upward trend of people visiting emergency rooms for treatment of dental pain taxes hospitals’ resources, with some patients visiting multiple times.
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