More Savings Possible
This is a very recent study on the potential savings from treating gum disease. However, it is not the only study to make this connection. Several studies have looked at this problem.
Probably the best comes from United Concordia, an insurer that used the dental and medical records of its policy-holders to see how much people could save if they treated their gum disease.
To analyze the costs, the study looked at people with gum disease as well as one of four affected health conditions: stroke, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and pregnancy. They looked at the average medical costs in a year for those who had their gum disease treated compared to those who didn’t have their gum disease treated.
They concluded that treating gum disease reduced annual treatment cost by: