Why are so many young people in emergency dental care?
In an era of declining income and stagnant wages, young adults have been struggling with a range of chronic health conditions.
And, according to a new report, many of them have dental care issues that are not easily addressed by regular dental care.
The study, released Tuesday by the non-profit, nonprofit, nonpartisan U.S. Dental Association, looked at the prevalence of cavities, the number of children ages 2 to 14 in emergency care and the number who were receiving non-medical care to treat dental conditions.
There are roughly 20 million people under age 25 in the U.T.A. who are at risk of having a dental emergency, the report found.
About 12 million people aged 15 to 64 are at a higher risk than that, with 9 million of them in emergency dentistry.
In emergency dental clinics, people are treated with medications that often do not help, or they may have been given incorrect information by dental professionals about the severity of the condition.
Dr. Eric Jarecki, director of the department of preventive dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, said the findings show that the public is in the dark about the dangers of dental emergencies.
“Dental emergencies are a public health crisis that needs to be addressed,” he said.
“There are many people in the United States who have had their teeth affected because they didn’t take the proper steps to prevent the infection and cavities.
This is a crisis, and we need to make sure that we address it.”
While the report notes that most of the problems faced by young people are preventable, there is an alarming amount of misinformation about dental emergencies, experts said.
“The reality is, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for prevention, but there are some strategies,” said Dr. Richard O’Leary, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Dentistry and the report’s lead author.
He added that there is a need to have the public aware of the importance of preventive dental care for dental hygiene and the importance in using dental hygiene products to reduce the risk of infection.
The report said that, while many of the dental problems are preventible, the overall problem of dental problems in the community is growing.
About half of the nation’s 1.2 million emergency dentists reported a dental crisis, with an additional 400,000 emergency dentist visits, the study found.
About 10 million Americans were in emergency treatment for a dental condition in 2015, according the report.
Dr. John DeCarlo, a dentist who served on the panel, said that although emergency denticians are often reluctant to share information about dental problems, that can change when people become aware of it.
“When people understand what a crisis is, it can help them to see a dentist, to have a dentist check up on them, and to get a referral,” he told ABC News.
Dr DeCarline said it is critical for the public to get information on dental emergencies so that they can make healthy dental decisions.
“There are things that can be done to make dentists and dentists get back to work, and then there are things you can do to help prevent dental emergencies,” he added.
It’s not just the numbers that are increasing, DeCarllo said, but the frequency of the emergencies.
“This is going to be the big story for a long time.”
The American Dental Foundation, which has been pushing for more awareness of dental emergency care, said its mission is to provide a national platform for the profession to raise public awareness of the dangers.