Briefs & Reports

Emergency Department Visits for Preventable Dental Conditions in California

California Healthcare Foundation

Lisa S. Maiuro, PhD

This snapshot uses data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to document the extent to which uninsured and insured Californians use the emergency department for preventable dental conditions such as untreated cavities, dental abscesses, and periodontal disease. The report concludes with recommendations for developing a more comprehensive dental safety net, improving insurance coverage, raising reimbursement rates, and promoting good oral health practices.