Periodontal Treatment Associated with Decreased Diabetes-Related Treatment Costs

Published 06/06/2024

An Analysis of Dental and Medical Claims Data 

In this article in The Journal of the American Dental Association, CareQuest Institute researchers found that overall health care costs were reduced in both Medicaid patients (14% less) and commercially insured patients (12% less) with diabetes who had received periodontal treatment within the previous two years. 

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Gum Disease and Diabetes

There is a well-established and bi-directional link between diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease. Approximately 10% of the entire US population has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed), and the risk of developing both diabetes and periodontal disease is increased for patients with lower socioeconomic status, such as those who receive health care coverage through Medicaid. The authors write: 

“Expanding Medicaid benefits to include comprehensive periodontal treatment has the potential to reduce health care costs for patients with diabetes.” 

Read the article in The Journal of the American Dental Association (open access)  

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