Friday, January 24, 2014

Dental Cleanings Reduce Healthcare Costs

If you suffer from a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or asthma, having good oral health can actually reduce your overall healthcare costs, according to a recent study by United Healthcare.

The 2013 study compared medical and pharmacy costs of individuals with diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, obstructive pulmonary disease, or kidney disease, with the dental treatment they received to determine if there is a difference in total healthcare costs associated with varying dental treatments. Researchers looked at three years of claims data from more than 130,000 individuals.

The study revealed that those with a chronic condition who received regular preventive dental services, had net dental/medical claims that were on average more than $1,000 lower than those who did not. Regular dental cleanings appear to be most beneficial. People with chronic ailments who received regular hygiene cleanings had the lowest overall healthcare costs, compared to their counterparts who did not.

Among diabetes patients, for example, the average yearly net medical and dental claims were nearly $1,300 lower for those who regularly saw a dentist compared to those who did not. And, the savings was realized even after accounting for the additional cost of the dental care itself.

This is further evidence that dental health has a profound impact on general health...and on your wallet.

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