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There are a lot of us who are often delaying dental care since nothing is in pain until experiencing excruciating pain, we rush into a nearby emergency room.

The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine collaborated with the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy on a study of dental ER visits. Researchers found that young adults, ages 19 to 34, have the highest number of ER visits for dental pain and infections that aren’t related to trauma.

According to the American Dental Association, ER dental visits doubled nationwide from 2000 to 2010, rising from 1.1 million to 2.1 million.  The number is getting worse since then.

Many of these “emergencies” could have been prevented with the help of regular dental visits or treated in a dentist’s office for a fraction of the cost to patients and taxpayers. Patients unlucky enough to get a tooth pulled in the ER might be billed as much as $2,500, while it may cost them about $150 to $200 for a dental procedure.

But the most disturbing aspect of the rise in ER dental visits is that treatment is often ineffective. In emergency rooms, there is a lack of diagnostic equipment and tools — such as dental X-Ray machines — and ER physicians are not trained to identify and treat oral health problems. Often, they prescribe painkillers and antibiotics for infections while the underlying problem remains.

To keep your out of toothache, regular visit to your dentist is the solution.  Treat dental visit as one of your semi-annual checkup routine.

If you do have a toothache, don’t rush to your local emergency room.  Give your dentist a call.  Your dentist surely can help you in a faster manner and more cost effective.  At El Portal Dental Group, we always have same day emergency appointment available.  We are located at 3393 G Street, Ste B, Merced, CA  95340.  Our phone number is 209-385-1479.