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