St. Patrick’s Day Causes Spike in Emergency Dental Visits

Emergency Dentistry - Pittsburgh DentistThe slogan “Kiss me, I’m Irish!” is popular on St. Patrick’s Day – but for some revelers, this holiday can end with a mouthful of broken teeth.

Pittsburgh-area dentists Dr. Joseph Quartuccio and Dr. Charles Frye are warning people that on the day after St. Patrick’s Day, emergency dental visits nationwide spike by 64 percent. This is based on the average of dental visits on March 18, or the first business day after if the holiday falls on a weekend, versus a full one-month average.

A few facts:

  • The damage is unequally distributed across America, being particularly bad in Delaware, Mississippi, Maryland and Nebraska.
  • Vermont gets to smile for being the only state to see a decrease in post-St. Patrick’s Day emergency visits.
  • Gender also plays a role. Men get the most treatment, yet women in Texas and Rhode Island are doing their part for equity.
  • As to be expected from a holiday in which Irish whiskey and green beer flow freely, most of the injuries come about from falls and fights.

These findings were compiled by Sikka Software, which provides applications and tools for more than 10,000 dental practices across the country.

At Dentonics, we want you to have a fun, yet safe, St. Patrick’s Day celebration. In the event that an unfortunate dental accident occurs, give us a call right away. We offer a wide range of general dentistry treatments to address just about any dental emergency you may have. The sooner you treat the issue, the less likely it will fester and develop into a more serious problem.

Please contact Dentonics using the form on this page or call 412-487-6910 today to schedule an emergency appointment. We serve patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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