Dr. Kananit: Emergency Hospital Visits Related to Preventible Dental Issues

Dr. Kaveh Kanani: Going to the dentist regularly can prevent visits to the emergency room. According to a February 7, 2013 report by the Association of Health Care Journalists (“Dental problems sending more patients to hospitals”), more than 830,000 emergency visits could have been prevented by a dentist visit.

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Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) May 05, 2013

In 2009 alone, a Pew research study found, there were more than 830,000 emergency visits made by Americans that could have been prevented by routine dental checkups. This information was relayed in a February 7, 2013 article by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) (“Dental problems sending more patients to hospitals”), which also noted that the US Department of Human Services' agency reported a larger number – over 900,000 dental-related visits. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Kaveh Kanani says that regular trips to the dentist can also prevent dental implant cost s, along with reducing trips to the emergency ward.

Amazingly, according to the AHCJ article, over 40% of the over 900,000 visits were directly related to the biggest reason why people visit a dentist's office – cavities. Slightly fewer (37%) were due to dental abscesses, which can be caused by bacteria that build into pus inside the teeth or the gumline. However, once plaque has encouraged bacteria to grow to the state of pus, says the dentist in Woodland Hills (Dr. Kanani), dental intervention is a necessity. It is significant that, out of the 13,000 visits that necessitated “hospital inpatient stays”, over 60% were due to dental abscesses.

Nor were the hospital visits mainly dependent on age. Although fully half of the visits made were by those aged 65 or over, a medical officer noted in the article that the younger crowd was beginning to increase emergency visits – those aged 25 to 29.

On January 31, 2013, the San Francisco Chronicle (“Dental clinic proves importance of care”) reported that reductions in medicare coverage by California has sent more people to the hospital. Unfortunately, says Woodland Hills dentist Dr. Kanani, what was said in the article is true – that emergency rooms are not equipped with qualified dentists who specialize in the care of teeth. Dental implants cost, it's true, but so do emergency visits – especially if patients are given painkillers and a reference to a dentist for tooth extractions. In San Francisco alone, rates for emergency visits almost doubled between 2008 and 2012 – from 365 visits in 2008, to 651 visits in fiscal year 2011-2012. The chief of oral surgery at San Francisco's General Hospital said that if patients “had access to dental care, they would have been seen by a dentist and teeth that we're removing could have been restored with a filling”.

Dr. Kanani top dentist Woodland Hills believes that quality dental care shouldn't require an exorbitant price, which is definitely a common factor in the emergency visits. The current monthly special at the Around the Corner Dental Health Spa keeps implants affordable for missing teeth, at less than $400. Sedation procedures can also be done for less than $400, and whitening for just under $300.

Dr. Kaveh Kanani graduated CSU (California State University) with a biology degree, got his doctorate at NYU, and completed a residency at Woodhall Hospital. After several AAID MaxiCourses® courses, which take some time to complete, Dr. Kanani was hired as an associate at the West Los Angeles Dental Health Institute, and afterwards at South Bay Dental. He has been awarded an Associate Fellowship by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), which is the sole dental implant association recognized by the court system.

To learn more about Dr. Kanani, visit woodlandhillsdentalspa.com, or call (818) 962-1141 to consult with Dr. Kanani, and find out your best dental options.


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