Diabetics who have gum disease may be able to lower their medical costs by receiving dental care for the condition.
A new study suggests the cost savings could potentially be 10 to 12 percent lower each month, if diabetics maintain their dental health, InSciences.org reports.
George Taylor of the University of Michigan led the research project and told the website the body reacts to bacteria caused by gum infection by producing inflammatory mediators. These mediators, while administering internal dental care, prevent the body from removing sugar from the blood.
A high level of sugar in the blood is detrimental to diabetics and can lead to vision disorders, cardiovascular and kidney disease, and amputations.
"Cleanings and other non-surgical periodontal treatment remove the harmful bacteria. We believe this helps prevent the body from producing those harmful chemicals that can enter the systemic circulation and contribute to poorer diabetes control," said Taylor.
Last year, an estimated 23.6 million people were living with diabetes and approximately 1.6 million new cases were diagnosed.
Diabetics interested in saving more money may want to consider discount dental plans. Discount dental plans, an alternative to dental insurance, allow individuals and families to save 10 to 60 percent on most dental procedures.
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