When people skip out on biannual visits to the dentist due to cost, they may not realize that they may end up spending more in the long run. According to a study presented recently to the American Association for Dental Research, medical costs are lower for people with diabetes who receive treatment for gum disease.
"The study showed that periodontal treatment and ongoing maintenance is associated with a significant decrease in the cost of medical care for people with diabetes - in the amount of $1,800 per year," said James Bramson, D.D.S., chief dental officer for United Concordia.
Furthermore, the findings showed that hospitalizations decreased by 33 percent for diabetics who received regular dental care. Dental health problems are common in people with diabetes, and oral issues can aggravate the disease if it is not treated properly.
As of 2011, more than 25 million adults were living with diabetes in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These findings suggest that one simple way this population can reduce the sometimes staggering medical costs associated with the blood sugar disorder is to make regular visits to the dentist.
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