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.
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