Edward Dental Hygiene Raises Issues Of Access, Prices In Nj

<img src='http://drop.ndtv.com/albums/HEALTH/healthyteeth/dental7.jpg' width='300px' style='float:left;padding:5px' /> (Helptag:PaywallArticleLoginMessage) Do you have a DrBicuspid.com password? No, I want a free membership. Yes, I have a password: * Forgot your password? Click here. The analysis focused on ED visits for oral care not related to trauma from 2008 to 2010 in 13 low-income regions of the state with large numbers of Medicaid beneficiaries. The study aimed to identify regions where better access to dental services could reduce costs and prevent dental disease along with the long-term consequences of poor oral health. "Emergency departments are poorly equipped to deal definitively with dental and oral health needs," said lead author Kristen Lloyd, a senior analyst at the Rutgers' Center for State Health Policy. "Still, many people seek care in emergency departments for nontraumatic dental and dental-related conditions, possibly indicating inadequate access to dental care in the community." Young adults, ages 19-34, have the highest rate of visits to emergency departments for dental pain and infections, the researchers report. They also found great variation in ED visits for dental care across the low-income regions [ source] and in average annual costs for visits. For example, residents of the Camden city region visited emergency departments for oral care at nearly nine times the rate of residents in the region that includes Union City, while average annual per person costs in the latter region were about one-twelfth of the cost as in the Atlantic City area. Increases in dental insurance could potentially improve access to dental care, but there is no organized effort for such expansion, Lloyd noted.

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