LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The problem with dental pain extends beyond the physical for many Americans without insurance.
Scheduling a regular checkup at the dentist office isn't something everyone can do. If you don't have insurance, the out-of-pocket costs for a trip to the dentist can be astronomical.
For those that qualify, medicaid often covers medical expenses. However, Arkansas' Medicaid program for dental care is only covered for Medicaid patients under age 21. That leaves an gap of coverage for middle-age residents.
In order to seek treatment, many turn to the ER for help. However, most ERs are not equipped to treat dental problems.
According to ER staff at UAMS, the problems seen on a daily basis are often dental issues that could be preventable with basic, regular care.