According to the American Dental Association (ADA), visits to the emergency room (ER) for dental-related issues nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010. The ADA estimates that “up to 79 percent of dental ED visits could be diverted to community settings.” A visit to the ER is expensive and will not offer comprehensive care such as follow-up services or access to an on-site pharmacy. By scheduling regular appointments with a dentist, individuals can ensure that oral health problems are found sooner rather than later, which can save patients money in the long room.
However, if you need to see a dentist and can’t wait to make an appointment, our community health centers provide Urgent Dental Care. Individuals are welcome to walk-in with no appointment neccessary. We provide dental services for the following Massachusetts communities and their neighbors:
- Dorchester, MA (Geiger Gibson Community Health Center)
- Plymouth, MA (Harbor Community Health Center-Plymouth)
- Hyannis, MA (Harbor Community Health Center-Hyannis)
- Harwich, MA (Ellen Jones Community Dental Center)
Learn more about our Massachusetts health centers by visiting us at www.hhsi.us
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