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Canadian Emergency Rooms Seeing Too Many Dental Cases


February 27, 2017
by CBC Radio

If dental care was publicly funded, fewer people would become addicted to opioids.

That’s just one of the reasons Dr. Hasan Sheikh, an emergency room physician in Toronto, is calling on governments to expand medicare.

Another reason? Doctors don’t know how to fix teeth.

But because not all Canadians can afford to go to the dentist, some people end up in the ER with toothaches.

Dr. Sheikh says he sees a patient with dental issues every one to two shifts, and it’s a frustration his colleagues share.

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