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Study: Gum disease care lowers costs

from Pittsburgh Business Times

People with diabetes who receive treatment for gum disease have lower medical costs, according to a study conducted in collaboration with Highmark Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, United Concordia Dental. "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," United Concordia Chief Dental Officer Dr. James Bramson said in a prepared statement. "The findings also showed that hospitalizations decreased by 33 percent and physician visits by 13 percent across the entire study population of diabetics when gum disease is treated and managed afterward." more

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