Periodontal Health Leads to Lower Health Care Spending by Diabetics

Partners In Prevention 1A new study reports that among American individuals newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a periodontal intervention is associated with lower total healthcare costs (-$1799), lower total medical costs excluding pharmacy costs (-$1577), and lower total type 2 diabetes-related healthcare costs (-$408).

The study will be published in the next quarter so details are not yet fully available. But its conclusions are not the first to find lower medical costs from better oral health. A Japanese study found that older adults with elevated periodontal inflammation had significantly higher medical spending. And, another American study found statistically significant reductions in medical spending for patients with diagnosed type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, cerebral vascular disease and pregnancy.

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By: Ross Perry
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