Healthy Gums Lead to Lower Medical Costs – Part 2
- Posted on: Apr 2 2013
In a previous post on March 5, 2013 I had talked about a study funded by United Concordia insurance and completed at the University of Pennsylvania which showed dramatically lower medical costs for patients who had treated their gum disease. The initial release of data from this study focused on heart disease and diabetes patients.
New data has been released from this study that shows that the savings keep piling up for more and more medical conditions. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disease) showed annual medical costs reduced by almost $4,000 when they had their gum disease (an inflammatory disease) treated.
Pregnant women showed reduced health care costs of $2,400 when their periodontal disease was treated. Because gum disease has been linked to pre-term birth any women who is pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should visit the dentist immediately to assess their gum health and receive treatment if needed.
This insurance company has expanded the medical conditions covered by its wellness dental program to include rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy, heart disease and stroke. This program offers its members education, coaching and 100% coverage for periodontal scaling and root planing to treat gum disease. Hopefully other medical insurance companies will learn the cost saving lessons shown in this study and protect their customers health and pocketbooks by covering gum disease treatments more fully.
If you have not had a dental visit in a while then it is time to get rid of the fuzzy feel on your teeth by visiting the dental hygienists at the office of Dr. John Highsmith. Serving Clyde, Asheville and surrounding areas we’ll be happy to get your smile ready for spring. Contact us at 828-627-9282 to schedule your visit today.