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Oral Infections Lead to Rise in Hospitalizations

The New York Times’ Well blog reports on a study in the Journal of Endodontics that is 9 year longitudinal study on hospitalizations due to periapical abcesses. According to the study, between 2000 and 2009, “a total of 61,439 hospitalizations were primarily attributed to periapical abscesses in the United States,” an increase of about 40% since 2000. Periapical abscesses can be treated with root canals, a standard procedure, but many Americans are not getting these necessary procedures due to limitations on Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance coverage. The results of this study are only some of the manifestations of Americans relying on hospitals instead of routine dental checkups.

Read the article in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in JOE.