This snapshot documents the extent to which uninsured and insured Californians use the ED for preventable dental conditions such as untreated cavities, dental abscesses, and periodontal disease.
Emergency Department Visits for Preventable Dental Conditions in California (1.91 MB)
Addendum to Emergency Department Visits for Preventable Dental Conditions: Data by County and Age Group (584 K)
On average, California emergency departments (EDs) log more than 80,000 visits a year for preventable dental conditions. Left untreated, cavities and other routine dental problems can develop into serious infections that require immediate treatment, exacting a high cost both on patients and on the health care system.
This snapshot uses data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to document the extent to which uninsured and insured Californians use the ED for preventable dental conditions such as untreated cavities, dental abscesses, and periodontal disease.
Among the findings:
The report concludes with recommendations for developing a more comprehensive dental safety net, improving insurance coverage, raising reimbursement rates, and promoting good oral health practices.
The complete report is available under Document Downloads.
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