Dental Emergencies

The divide between medical and dental care exacerbates inequity in access to care. Bridging this gap between medicine and dentistry is an imperative step to creating a more equitable health care system - Alexa Curt and Margaret Samuels-Kalow MD

Dental Emergencies

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How Should Emergency Department Clinicians Respond to Unmet Dental Needs?

The division between medical and dental care exacerbates health inequity and forces many with compromised access to seek oral health care in emergency departments (EDs). Since dentists are best positioned to offer quality care for most patients’ oral health problems, this commentary on a case suggests why ED clinicians should offer appropriate oral health referrals and resources to those they serve and why all health professionals should advocate for systems-level policy and organizational changes to increase patients’ access to oral health care.

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