Dental care can lower drug costs for diabetes patients

People with diabetes who are treated for gum disease have lower pharmacy costs than those whose gum disease is untreated, a study found. United Concordia Dental, a subsidiary of Highmark, reviewed the records of 1.7 million subscribers and found that patients with diabetes who received regular dental care saved an average of $1,477 annually on prescription drugs compared with diabetes patients who did not receive dental care. An earlier United Concordia study found that diabetes patients who were treated for gum disease had fewer hospitalizations and physician visits than those who did not receive dental care.

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