February is National Children's Dental Health Month

The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors a month-long national health observance that brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

According to the WHA Information Center, between January 2016 and September 2017, there were 2,679 dental-related emergency department (ED) visits for children under 18 years of age in Wisconsin. The average total charge of those visits was $484.

According to the Health Policy Institute (HPI), most dental ED visits are non-traumatic dental conditions. Patients who visit an ED with a non-traumatic dental condition would be better served in a dental office setting due to the availability of definitive care and the likelihood of continuity of care. 

WHA is currently engaged in the issue of dental access by working with its members to develop proposals to improve dental care to underserved patients, including those with special needs and those who lack access to preventive dental care.