The Porcupine Health Unit says too many people are going to the emergency room because they can't afford to see a dentist.

Anna Gauthier, the PHU's manager of dental services, said Friday that 3,000 clients visited the emergency room for oral health issues between 2011 and 2013.

“In these settings, they get antibiotics for the infection and sometimes pain meds for the pain, but it doesn't necessarily fix the issue that needs to be fixed,” she said.