- Neglect of dental issues due to lack of coverage causes higher medical expenses, for example as dental infections spread to other parts of the body
- Hospital emergency rooms are seeing many dental cases (representing as much as 2.7% of ER volume) and are not well equipped to treat the problems, according to USA Today. In any case the expense is high
- Even well-off people with medical coverage often don’t qualify for dental insurance –e.g., because they aren’t part of a group– and end up paying high fee for service rates to providers rather than benefitting from a plan’s purchasing power and network
- To the extent that we are moving toward a more integrated approach to care and payment (e.g., medical home, accountable care organization) it makes sense to bring the whole body under one roof
I also agree with this ! It's inhumane that government separates it when both deal with health issues. Worse yet, as you mentioned, the problems stemming from teeth problems can be fatal as far as brain tumours.
I AGREE 100%!! It's BS that dental isn't included! Larger medical problems can result from "small" dental problems. People can actually die from a tooth infection if it gets into their blood stream.