HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Research shows from 2006 to 2009 there was a 16 percent increase in ER patients seeking help with dental problems.
It costs ten times more to go to the Emergency Room then to go to a dentist for preventive care.
"When a patient comes in with a tooth ache we also have to make sure there's not another emergency medical condition for the tooth ache that is actually coronary artery disease, said Steven Werdehoff, Huntsville Hospital's ER Director.
Werdehoff also added they have to do a full evaluation on all patients that come through the emergency room and that is costly for something that is as routine as dental care.
He said unfortunately there isn't a dental clinic in Huntsville for people who are un-insured and can't afford dental care.