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Gum disease care can lower diabetes medical fees

Posted On Thu, March 29, 2012

A report from the American Association for Dental Research, United Concordia Dental and Highmark found that those who have diabetes but receive some sort of care for gum disease typically have lower medical bills.

Close to 26 million Americans were known to have diabetes last year, a figure that is more than twice its level in 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted. In addition, the reports findings noted that those who received this care witnessed visits to the hospital drop by 33 percent, while doctor's visits fell 13 percent.

"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," said Dr. James Bramson, chief dental officer for United Concordia.

Americans who are concerned about being at risk for diabetes may want to take advantage of a more sufficient healthcare plan. There are many options available, and a person may benefit from comparing health insurance quotes.

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