Periodontal therapy might curb diabetes costs

03/25/2012 | HealthDay News

Diabetes patients with gum disease who received periodontal therapy followed by two years of gum health maintenance had lower annual per-patient medical costs and 33% less hospitalizations than those who did not undergo periodontal treatment, a study presented at an American Association for Dental Research meeting found. The findings suggest treating gum disease may help people with diabetes prevent further complications, researchers said.

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