Emergency departments are increasingly being used as walk in dental clinics, especially by young adults from low income areas.
“Emergency departments are poorly equipped to deal definitively with dental and oral health needs,” said Kristen Lloyd, senior analyst at the Rutgers’ Center for State Health Policy and lead author of the report. “Still, many people seek care in emergency departments for nontraumatic dental and dental-related conditions, possibly indicating inadequate access to dental care in the community.”
Dental care is not compulsory under ACA, so the lack of dental coverage prevents access to dental care for a large number of people.
The frequent use of emergency departments for dental care is by uninsured young adults.