Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 30 March 2011 15:14
People with diabetes may have a new way to save costs on treatment.
A new study from CIGNA shows that there may be a correlation between treating periodontal disease and diminished medical costs for diabetes patients. The study was unveiled at the International Association for Dental Research meeting in San Diego.
This new finding backs up the previous CIGNA research regarding treating gum disease and the effect it has on diabetes.
This new information was generated after analyzing the results of patients who were treated for gum disease in the first year and then received regular maintenance treatment. The results were then compared to patients who did not receive the regular maintenance work. The ensuing medical costs were about 23 percent lower for patients who had undergone the necessary gum disease care and regular maintenance, according to the study.