Avoid the ER with Preventative Dental Care
Recent statistics suggest that Raleigh hospitals have dealt with as many as 20,000 emergency room visits in the past year which were solely related to various degrees of dental pain. Across the nation, dental problems that have reached the boiling point have been associated with a dramatic increase in emergency room visits. According to CBSNews, dental neglect, compounded by a growing number of Americans without dental insurance, is the leading contributor to this troubling trend.
An individual who visits the ER due to dental pain will generally be treated with antibiotics and pain killers. Unfortunately, these measures do not fully address or resolve the dental issue that initially caused the problem.
While many patients hope to save money by skipping dental visits, the decision can have devastating effects as the months and years pass. That’s why diligent, daily oral hygiene practices are essential for anyone who makes a habit of skipping dental appointments. The oral bacteria that are responsible for gum disease and tooth decay can be managed with daily brushing and flossing. However, these practices alone cannot protect you from all possible dental problems, so the importance of establishing a relationship with a Raleigh dentist should not be taken for granted.
Regardless of your homecare efforts, it is recommended that you continue to visit a dentist regularly. Dentists are your first line of defense when it comes to catching dental problems early and getting the ball rolling on the right dental treatment to resolve your problems. Your dentist’s proactive response to an oral condition can prevent the problem from potentially evolving into a dental emergency and an unexpected trip to the emergency room.
Preventive dental care includes dental x-rays, periodontal screenings, oral cancer screenings, prophylactic cleanings, and personalized patient education. Dental professionals are also trained to take your blood pressure and review your medical history, offer nutritional counselling, and check for head and neck cancer.