Study: Treating gum disease pays off in lower health care costs

07/2/2014 | Reuters

People who receive treatment for periodontal disease are less likely to be hospitalized and have lower health care costs than people with untreated periodontal disease, a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine analyzed claims records from two insurers for patients who had been treated for periodontal disease and had certain comorbidities. Average nondental health care costs in the treatment group were about 40% lower for people with diabetes or stroke, 11% lower for people with coronary artery disease and 74% lower for pregnant women, the researchers found.

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