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CINCINNATI -- Doctors at University Hospital in Cincinnati said a 24-year-old father died Wednesday from a tooth infection.

Patti Collins, wife of famed local musician Bootsy Collins, said she couldn't believe what happened to her nephew, Kyle Willis, who left behind a 6-year-old daughter.

"I said, 'What do you mean they're calling the family?' (My daughter) said, 'Mom, the infection (Willis) had in his tooth has gone to his brain," Collins said.

But doctors said that rare as it may be, what started out as a toothache eventually killed the young father and aspiring paralegal.

Family members said Willis' wisdom tooth started hurting two weeks ago. Dentists said it needed to be pulled, but being an unemployed single father, Willis decided to ignore the pain.

Collins said her nephew was out of work and didn't have health insurance.

But when Willis started getting headaches and his face began to swell, he went to the emergency room.

"The (doctors) gave him antibiotic and pain medication. But he couldn't afford to pay for the antibiotic, so he chose the pain meds, which was not what he needed," Collins said.

Doctors told Willis' family that while the pain had stopped, the infection kept spreading -- eventually attacking his brain and causing it to swell.

"He should have gone to the dentist to take care of the toothache, and it wouldn't have escalated to this. It's a lesson learned by all," Collins said.

Collins said the family wants to make sure what happened to Willis never happens to anyone else.
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..And they turned down free health care.

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That is a shame. But if he were in the US (legal resident or not) he could've gone to any Emergency Room and been treated, even if he never paid back the money owed.

But one thing at US Emergency Room's is that there are no dentists. I had my teeth knocked out in a hockey game and all they could do was medicate for pain do what they could until I could get an appointment with a dentist.

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That is a shame. But if he were in the US (legal resident or not) he could've gone to any Emergency Room and been treated, even if he never paid back the money owed.

But one thing at US Emergency Room's is that there are no dentists. I had my teeth knocked out in a hockey game and all they could do was medicate for pain do what they could until I could get an appointment with a dentist.

cincinnati ohio is in the U.S., well sort of.

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Dr. Glenn Stream, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians, talked about that facet of this case:
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There are a number of free dental clinics in operation around the country, where dentists volunteer to provide care to those without health insurance. But even if Willis had access to a free dental clinic, Stream said he still may not have been able to get the care he needed for his infection. "The wait is often months at these clinics, and this young man died within two weeks of his problem," Stream said.
Another doctor, Irvin Silverstein, a dentist at the University of California at San Diego, who operates in three free dental clinics in the San Diego area, said: "We're overwhelmed right now we can't take any new patients."

The man just couldn't figure out that the problem
was life-threatening for him: he just thought all he had to do was to cope with his pain
Honestly, I wasn't aware of the fact that from some tooth infection anybody could die within two weeks.

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Dr. Glenn Stream, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians, talked about that facet of this case:


Another doctor, Irvin Silverstein, a dentist at the University of California at San Diego, who operates in three free dental clinics in the San Diego area, said: "We're overwhelmed right now we can't take any new patients."

The man just couldn't figure out that the problem
was life-threatening for him: he just thought all he had to do was to cope with his pain
Honestly, I wasn't aware of the fact that from some tooth infection anybody could die within two weeks.
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Dental care is a mess in the u.s
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Deamonte Driver was just 12 years old when bacteria from an abscessed molar spread to his brain. By the time his mother realized he needed attention, it was too late. Not even two brain surgeries and six weeks of hospitalization - at a cost of $250,000 - were able to save him.

Maryland’s Medicaid program failed Deamonte Driver.

In many states Medicaid pays so little than even routine dental care is not provided
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Washington actually has one of the more generous Medicaid dental benefits in the nation. Half of all states provide no dental coverage at all or limit coverage to cases of severe pain or trauma.

Nationally, a third of Americans have no dental insurance, and about half of all dental procedures are paid for out-of-pocket, according to the federal government's 2004 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

Most Washington adults who qualify for Medicaid can get some free dental care, including checkups, cleaning and fillings. But it's not as comprehensive as it used to be: In 2003, the state Legislature cut the biennial Medicaid adult dental budget by 26 percent, from $88.7 million to $65.9 million.

Unlike with children, states do not have to provide Medicaid dental coverage for adults. The savings came largely from eliminating coverage for many root canals and crowns.

But the main problem is that Medicaid pays dentists 30 percent or less of what private insurers pay for same procedures, said Dr. John Davis, the director of the state's Medicaid dental program.

"It costs us money to see those patients," said Dr. Rhonda Savage, a Gig Harbor dentist who is president of the Washington State Dental Association. Dentists, she said, "are just a small part of this enormous problem."

The result, says Davis: "We're on a slippery slope of private practices" dropping out of Medicaid. "At what point are community clinics not going to absorb it any longer?"

Pushing for change:

To try to stem the exodus, the dental association is pushing state lawmakers to partially restore the cuts in the Medicaid dental program and boost reimbursement rates for dentists. It would cost about $22 million over two years, a 9 percent increase over the governor's current proposal.

But even that might not be enough. Some patients regard being on Medicaid as worse than having no insurance at all.

Lisa Scott, a Queen Anne resident who lives on disability benefits, had to scour phone books before finding a dentist in the University District who was willing to take Medicaid.

The dentist cracked Scott's tooth while touching up a filling, she said. Then Scott couldn't reach the dentist the next day and couldn't find another dentist to treat her pain.

Finally, she went to a hospital emergency room. "If I had better coverage, I would have gone to another dentist instead," she said.

"The reality is that there really is no dental coverage with Medicaid," she says. "It's a nightmare out there."

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Sucks he had to be strong fight the pain and lose his life in the end.

I think all dentist should have to take a charity case for every 15 or so regular cases. They should have just prorated him, in any event in Florida they give u 2,000 US to cover funeral cost thats for every one. Im' sure a local dentist would have taken the time to write a perscription for that much... one more thing never take pain scripts over biotics and take the biotics exactly as perscribed.

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Ridiculous that this type of thing should happen in 2011.

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