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Periodontal disease emergency visits cost patients millions


Patients visiting hospital emergency departments in the U.S. because of periodontal conditions were charged about $33.3 million by the hospitals for treating these conditions on an emergency basis in 2006, according to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology. Patients with medical conditions and those who ignore regular dental care have a higher chance of visiting emergency departments, the study authors noted. However, little is known about nationwide estimates of hospital-based ED visits caused by periodontal conditions. They wanted to determine the frequency of ED visits related to periodontal conditions and identify the risk factors for hospitalization during those visits. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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