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Although physicians’ offices and emergency departments are not well suited for addressing non-traumatic dental conditions (NTDCs), a substantial number of Canadians visit them for their oral health related complaints. In addition, many people rely on hospital based day surgeries to get their complicated dental conditions treated. These situations reflect both an inefficient use of the health care system and gaps in accessing timely dental care.
An assessment was completed regarding the trends of burden on the health care system across different Ontario jurisdictions by estimating physician visits, emergency departments visits, and day surgeries for NTDCs. Aggregate data for years 2001-2015 were retrieved from Intellihealth Ontario. Descriptive analysis was conducted to calculate rates of visits stratified by sex, age groups (0-6, 7-18, 19-64, and 65+), and jurisdictions (PHU level).
A trend analysis of the last 15 years reveal a continuously increasing burden on the health care system due to NTDCs. Males and children age 0-6 years visit physicians, emergency departments and day surgeries more as compared to their counterparts.
In this presentation, Dr. Sonica Singhal will discuss the methodology and results in greater detail. She will also discuss the implications for public health practice.
Presenter: Dr. Sonica Singhal
Dr. Sonica Singhal is a dentist and dental public health specialist, working as Scientist, Oral Health with Public Health Ontario. She is also an Adjunct professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.
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