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Treating diabetics for gum disease lowers costs
Updated: 11/9/2011 7:00:01 PM

 Discovering that medical costs were lower 23 percent for diabetes patients who get treated for oral health issues translates to about $2,483 in savings per patient each year. As insurance rates continue to rise, individuals have been searching for more ways to save money on their medical needs. Recently, global health service company Cigna released a study which found that medical costs are 23 percent lower for people with diabetes if they get properly treated for gum disease and other dental health concerns compared to those that have the disease but did not receive dental care. 

"We consider treating gum disease to be a win-win situation because while it certainly improves oral health, it may also have a beneficial impact on overall health and related medical costs in individuals with diabetes." said Clay Hedlund, D.D.S., dental director at Cigna.

The New York Times reported that a Columbia University study found that people with a history of periodontal disease were are almost twice as likely to develop diabetes. Discovering that medical costs were lower 23 percent for diabetes patients who get treated for oral health issues translates to about $2,483 in savings per patient each year.

These findings highlight the importance of oral care and how it is connected to overall health. Visiting the dentist regularly can help lower a person's risk of developing a periodontal disease, and can help stop gum disease before it gets out of control and leads to other conditions.  

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