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Dr. Kananit: Emergency Hospital Visits Related to Preventible Dental Issues
Date:5/5/2013

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) May 05, 2013

In 2009 alone, a Pew research study found, there were more than 830,000 emergency visits made by Americans that could have been prevented by routine dental checkups. This information was relayed in a February 7, 2013 article by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) (“Dental problems sending more patients to hospitals”), which also noted that the US Department of Human Services' agency reported a larger number – over 900,000 dental-related visits. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Kaveh Kanani says that regular trips to the dentist can also prevent dental implant cost s, along with reducing trips to the emergency ward.

Amazingly, according to the AHCJ article, over 40% of the over 900,000 visits were directly related to the biggest reason why people visit a dentist's office – cavities. Slightly fewer (37%) were due to dental abscesses, which can be caused by bacteria that build into pus inside the teeth or the gumline. However, once plaque has encouraged bacteria to grow to the state of pus, says the dentist in Woodland Hills (Dr. Kanani), dental intervention is a necessity. It is significant that, out of the 13,000 visits that necessitated “hospital inpatient stays”, over 60% were due to dental abscesses.

Nor were the hospital visits mainly dependent on age. Although fully half of the visits made were by those aged 65 or over, a medical officer noted in the article that the younger crowd was beginning to increase emergency visits – those aged 25 to 29.

On January 31, 2013, the San Francisco Chronicle (“Dental clinic proves importance of care”) reported that reductions in medicare coverag
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