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Int J Dent Hyg. 2011 Feb;9(1):17-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1601-5037.2009.00416.x.

Self-reported emergency room visits for dental problems.

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Community Dental Health Services Research Unit, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. carlos.quinonez@utoronto.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To estimate the prevalence of hospital emergency room visits for dental problems not associated with trauma in Canada, and to explore the characteristics that influence such visits.

METHODS:

Data were collected through a cross-sectional and retrospective national telephone interview survey of 1005 Canadians aged 18 years and over using random digit dialling. Participants were asked if they had ever visited a hospital emergency room for a dental problem not associated with trauma. Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were undertaken.

RESULTS:

A total of 54 people, or 5.4% of the sample reported having to visit an ER in the past for a dental problem not associated with trauma. Income, painful aching in one's mouth in the previous month, and having to spend a day in bed because of a dental problem in the last 2 weeks, appear to be the dominant predictors of this outcome.

CONCLUSIONS:

Access to dental insurance or public care mitigates the use of hospital care for dental problems that are best treated in the dental care setting.

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