Not all states collect data on ER visits for dental care, but those that do reveal the trend, Gehshan said.
More Americans seeking dental treatment at the ER
"Emergency rooms are really the canary in the coal mine. If people are showing up in the ER for dental care, then we've got big holes in the delivery of care," said Shelly Gehshan, director of Pew's children's dental campaign.
More turn to costlier emergency dental care