Friday, July 29, 2005


"A 2003 survey by the N.H. Hospital Association and the Oral Health Workgroup of 24 emergency departments showed respondents estimate 90 percent of the patients seen for nontraumatic oral health problems have no access to routine preventive and restorative care.

So, many people wait until there is a crisis. Small cavities become abscesses, gum infections turn into periodontal disease. Toothaches ensue and teeth fall out. That is when the patients come to the emergency room. Most are in their mid 20s to late 40s. People over 55 have usually lost all their teeth, said Ramdev. "