You've been dismissing that bothersome ache in your lower left molar for the past couple of weeks, but now the pain is excruciating. It's nine o'clock on a Friday night. Toothaches may be incredibly painful, but is it severe enough to send you to the ER?
Researchers have found that uninsured, young adults ages 19-34 have the highest number of emergency room visits for dental pain
(unrelated to an injury). Approximately 10% of all emergency room trips are due to tooth pain, and the majority of oral ER trips (80%) were actually with regards to avoidable conditions like abscesses and dental caries (also known as cavities).
Most ERs are not equipped with dental X-ray units, nor do they have a dental professional on staff to properly address oral pain. In the absence of follow up visits to a dental office, many individuals will find themselves back in the emergency room once more.
Most dental emergencies could be prevented through routine dental appointments. Cavities, which is practically wholly preventable, is the most typical chronic illness with school-age kids. Left neglected, they can lead to infection, discomfort, loss of teeth, and occasionally an acute infection which could lead to loss of life.
As reported by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50% of Americans over the age of thirty have some form of periodontal disease. Advanced periodontal disease has been linked with an increased chance of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. Professional dental cleanings greatly reduce this likelihood and help protect against the development of gum disease, yet another leading cause of dental pain.
Protecting against dental ailments starts at home through brushing after each meal and flossing daily, and professional dental cleanings and fluoride go a long way to lower costly dental treatment, time, and anguish. Prevention is always preferable to having a dental emergency in the first place. If you have been avoiding the dentist in the past, it's time to reconsider. Contact our office
today to make an appointment with Dr. Sachs!