Healthier Gums = Healthier Body

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A recent retrospective study of insurance costs for medical care of diabetics (University of Pennsylvania) revealed a 23% annual savings ($2,483) in the cost of care for those patients who saw their dentist to treat gum disease versus those who did not have dental care to maintain healthier gums. The cost savings reflects fewer medical interventions and presumably a better quality of life for the diabetics in this study. There have been similar findings related to other metabolic medical conditions as well. The take home message: if your doctor(s) is having a hard time controlling your medical condition and modulating your medications, consider discussing your condition with your dentist.