Sunday, March 25, 2012
Hundreds stand in rain for Mission of Mercy dental clinic tickets | WSLS 10
More Americans seeking dental treatment at the ER | The Asbury Park Press NJ | APP.com
The typical emergency room treatment for a dental disorder is an antibiotic and pain reliever.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Al Smith | Step to aid oral health | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Growing numbers of people heading to emergency rooms for dental problems | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com
It’s a growing problem in Michigan and across the country. Locally, there aren’t enough dentists in Ingham County who provide care for those without insurance or on Medicaid.
Some officials estimate that figure is now as high as 100,000 visits per year in Michigan, with more than 1,000 hospitalizations annually for preventable dental problems.
been treated with proper preventive care. Sometimes, those trips turn into weeklong hospital stays if an infection
In Ingham County alone, 51 longer-term hospitalizations for preventable dental problems were recorded in 2008, with
patients averaging a stay of 2½ days at a cost of $19,074, according to the latest data available from the Michigan Oral
Friday, March 16, 2012
Preventing cavities in preschoolers | MedBeat - roanoke.com
And it isn’t just a problem in toddlers. By third grade, 47.4 percent of children had tooth decay, with 15.4 percent of that decay untreated, according to a 2009 state survey. Southwest Virginia had the greatest proportion of children with untreated dental decay at 25 percent.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Cavities in baby teeth - MariettaTimes.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Ohio, Community Information - The Marietta Times
Licklider said she's noticed the trend at her own practice, Licklider Family Dentistry on Second Street in Marietta. She believes a variety of factors are in play.
"I attribute it to more kids drinking pop and sweet tea and Gatorade, sports drinks, at an earlier age," she said.
At Nationwide Children's Hospital in [fluoridated] Columbus, Ohio, chief of dentistry Dr. Paul Casamassimo has observed worse than that. "We've had kids in there between 2 and 3 years of age where all 20 of their teeth need to have something done to them," he said.
Casamassimo said other theories involve children from low-income families having weaker teeth because of poor diets and even a mother's high-sugar diet during pregnancy "programming" her child to crave more sugar. The exact cause of the increase has not been determined, he said.
Guest Editorial: For children, the gift of a healthy smile | DL-Online | Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Moreover, even children from more affluent families are turning up with toothaches, face pain and a startling number of cavities. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted an increase, the first in 40 years, in the number of preschoolers with cavities in a study five years ago,” The New York Times reported earlier this week.
“But dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more. The level of decay, they added, is so severe that they often recommend using general anesthesia because young children are unlikely to sit through such extensive procedures while they are awake.”
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Dentists Reveal Alarming Cavity Problem Among Preschool Children
LCC Helping Dentists Fight Increase In Toddler Tooth Decay
"One gal was so swollen they couldn't even touch that side of her mouth she was so sore," Hershey said.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Tiny Mouths Found Filled With Rotting Teeth - Staying Healthy News Story - KMGH Denver
"We're booked five months out in the OR, and that's three days a week, two rooms a day. And it just keep increasing," said Janine Costantini, ambulatory practice director at Children’s Hospital Colorado. "The more we do the more we need."
Report: Dental woes sending more Arizonans to emergency rooms – Cronkite News
“Patients are coming in with infections and abscesses, looking for antibiotics and pain medication,” said Jim Dickson, the hospital’s CEO.
From July through February, 58 people arrived at the hospital complaining of dental problems, he said, compared to 27 cases from July 2010 through June 2011.
More dental patients seeking care in Lubbock emergency rooms | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
“I think they go to the emergency room because they’re uninsured, they’re in pain, and they don’t have anywhere else to go,” Hatfield said. “Even though the emergency room does not have dentists on staff, at least they can get pain medication and antibiotics.”
Growing trend in national ER dental visits | KMOV.com St. Louis
Monday, March 12, 2012
Dental care in America: A system in decay | MailTribune.com
Shortages of dentists, especially in rural areas, have contributed to the problem, as well.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Dental Professor to Congress: Oral Health is Vital | LifeHealthPro
An oral health reform idea in New Hampshire is rooted in controversy - SentinelSource.com: Editorial
What Parents Need to Know About Primary Teeth Care - Well Being (washingtonian.com)
During her residency, Austin recalls setting aside every Thursday and Friday for at least four surgeries for patients. “Usually, the kids were four and under,” she says, “and sometimes as young as one.”
Austin says her youngest patient was 18 months old, while her worst case involved a child who had to undergo surgery for all 20 teeth. “It’s so heartbreaking,” she says, “and it’s usually because parents just don’t know the importance of primary teeth care.”
More cavities being found in preschoolers, dentists say | News - Home
Friday, March 09, 2012
A mouthful of trouble
A mouthful of trouble: Amy Groeltz, whose South Fifth Street dental clinic, the Smile Shoppe, opened in 2007, has noted some increase in severe cases of decay. So has Bill Daws, a physician at Burlington Pediatrics, where well-child checkups take dental health into account.
"It seems to be getting worse and worse," Daws said.
EDITORIAL: For children, the gift of a healthy smile | GK Health
Rising number of child cavities called a "disturbing" trend | kens5.com San Antonio
Dentists at the U.T. Health Science Center Dental School showed images from a typical case. A San Antonio patient has 11 cavities. He’ll need major intervention, including a root canal. The patient is only five years old.
Tooth Decay in Toddlers on the Rise
More dentists in the Valley are having to put kids under anesthesia just to operate.
"It's an astounding amount of decay," said Dr. Joseph Greene, a pediatric dentist in [fluoridated] Harrisonburg.
Bad teeth: Kids need general anesthesia to fix cavities | KWGN.com – Denver, Colorado News & Weather from KWGN-TV Colorado's Own CW Channel 2
Dr. Chris Roberts is a pediatric dentist in Green Valley Ranch who’s had several patients in this situation.
“A lot of these kids have 6, 8, or 10 [cavities],” Roberts said. “Sometimes you have kids that have cavities on all 20 baby teeth.”
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Oral_Health_Maine_ESandRep120209.pdf (application/pdf Object)
MaineCare patients are more likely to use ED services. MaineCare insured about 17% of the state’s population, but MaineCare insured individuals generated 32% of all ED visits in 2006 (Kilbreth et al., 2010). While 56% of the state’s population is privately insured, only 33% of ED visits were made by privately insured individuals in that year (Kilbreth et al., 2010). ED care is more expensive than dental care provided in other outpatient settings. The various reasons for the disproportionate use of EDs by MaineCare eligible patients include patient preference, lack of knowledge about appropriate ED use, lack of dental insurance or patient resources to cover the cost of care, and lack of availability of routine dental care.
Oral_Health_Maine_ESandRep120209.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Report Highlights Maine's Unmet Dental Needs
Saxl says Maine already has a dental crisis, and it's going to get worse if nothing is done. "We have this huge problem in Maine," he says. "Right now we have a dental crisis, we have a shortage of dentists and in the next 10 years, 40 percents of our dentists are over 55, and in the next 10 years we expect many of them to retire."
Report: Toddlers with 10 cavities or more on rise | KBZK.com | Z7 | Bozeman, Montana
"It's not new - it's been going on quite a while," Alexander told CBS HealthPop.
Dentists Send More Kids to Hospital for Dental Work
It happened to two of the Adams' children. Eileen and her husband are average parents playing and trying to keep their kids healthy by making sure they brush regularly.
But it wasn't enough to keep 8-year-old Emily and 3-year-old Derek out of the operating room.
"It finally got to the point where I was brushing her teeth and she was screaming in pain," Eileen Adams, mother of threes, said. "I decided that that was the time to get to a dentist."
Emily and Derek had a total of 16 teeth worked on before age 2.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Local Dentists See Cavity Increase In Pre-School Aged Children � CBS Philly
Investing in Dentistry: Cavities in Toddlers on the Rise
Tooth Decay in Children Continues to Rise - YNN, Your News Now
Locally, the Eastman Center in [fluoridated] Rochester, treats 500 kids a year for severe decay. Since 1967, Eastman Dental has been using mobile dental units to reach out to kids in the Rochester City School District and more rural areas.
Growing health care costs and stressed state budgets are now sending more people to the emergency room for dental care. This is leaving hospitals with a hefty bill and slowing down care for others.
Both University Medical Center and Covenant Hospital are seeing 30 people a week with everything from a toothache to a broken tooth. The problem? Hospitals don't have emergency dentists on staff.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
The child was going to be treated with powerful antibiotics, but might still require a trip to the operating room to extract the tooth, he said. In rare cases, such dental infections can spread to the brain, or into the heart and lungs, he said.
“When you have a 6-month wait to get into the O.R. and they’re all 3-year-olds, we know we have a problem,” Moursi said.