Save Healthcare Dollars - Keep Gums Healthy!

Saturday, April 26th, 2014, 3:57 pm

Healthcare is expensive. If you could do something that would save healthcare dollars and didn’t include joining a gym would you be interested? It is easy to save healthcare dollars, just keep your gums healthy!

A recent study has given us new evidence proving the importance of preventing and treating periodontal disease in patients with chronic systemic diseases and in pregnant women.

This research included almost 340,000 people and established that  treating gum disease reduced hospital stays and cut medical costs up to $5600 in patients with conditions like diabetes and cerebrovascular disease. This large group of study participants all were diagnosed with periodontal disease and had one or more of the following: diabetes, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy. The researchers then looked at the insurance data of the patients who had received treatment for their gum disease and those who had not.

Annual medical went down. Average annual medical costs were decreased by 40% in diabetic patients, almost 41% in cerebrovascular disease patients and heart patients saw an almost 11% savings. Pregnant women saw their medical expenses reduced by a whopping 73.7%! Plus we know that moms with healthy gums are less likely to have babies with low birth weight or to deliver early.

This is not the first study to show the savings in medical expenses associated with keeping gums healthy. Since about 47% of US adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease and men have higher rates that women, it is time we all got serious about preventing and treating gum disease.

Signs of periodontal disease include bleeding, puffy gums. Gum tissue that looks red and inflamed and chronic bad breath are also symptoms. Your gums should never bleed when brushing or flossing!

If it has been a while since your last cleaning or you think you may have gum disease please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit.

 

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