A record number of Americans are going toemergency rooms for dental treatment, a problem the dental industrysays is straining the nation's health care system and increasingits costs.

Research from the American Dental Association found the numberof dental ER visits in the United States jumped from 1.1 million in2000 to 2.1 million in 2010. And that comes with a big price tag:Those visits cost the health care system up to $2 billionannually.

Most of those patients are young adults, the analysis found.That's due to decreases in private dental insurance coverage,combined with significant reductions in adult dental Medicaidprograms that have hit young adults particularly hard, the nation'slargest dental association said.

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