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ASDA News is your resource for dental news on topics like licensure, student debt, practice management, dental student life and some fun stuff too. Grab a cup of coffee, steal a few minutes between classes and flip through the latest issue. ASDA News makes it easy and fun to stay in the know about your profession.

US sees shocking rise in ER visits due to dental pain
By Richard Asa, freelance writer 

A ngie Rhone, 45, had 15 teeth remaining in her mouth, 14 with abscesses, by the time she was seen at a volunteer clinic set up by the four dentists in Crockett, Texas, a little town about half way between Dallas and Houston. Unable to afford dental visits, without insurance, and in a state where Medicaid does not cover dental care for adults, Rhone says she went her local hospital’s emergency room 20 times over 10 years for pain, her face so swollen that sometimes her eyes were forced shut.

Hospital emergency rooms admit more than 2 million people for dental pain every year, according to the American Dental Association, an increase of about 1 million since the year 2000. A wide consensus backed by studies on the problem – one by the American Dental Association – asserts that most of those ER admissions are misguided.

Dental students and recent graduates can help reduce ineffective and costly dental ER admissions by providing preventive and restorative services to underprivileged people at community clinics, study authors and the ADA say.

At the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, for example, students see patients in community clinics throughout their fourth year, providing a range of preventive and restorative services for the underserved as part of their curriculum. Keep reading… 

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