A recent infographic published by the ADA Health Policy Institute highlighted Emergency Department visits for dental conditions from 2010-2016. In 2016, there were 2.2 million hospital ED visits for dental conditions, and there has been an increase in Medicaid funded visits over the seven-year period. The majority of dental ED visits were triaged as semi-urgent or non-urgent and could be referred or treated in a dental clinic.
The Action for Dental Health Act of 2018 aims to reduce the number of dental visits to the ED by funding preventive oral health programs in states and municipalities, which could lead to healthcare savings of $1.7 billion.
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