Periodontal therapy may save patients over $5,000 per year


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In the study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania reviewed insurance claims data of almost 340,000 individuals who had been diagnosed with periodontitis and were either pregnant or had one of the following conditions: Type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

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As stated in the article, They found that treating periodontal disease was associated with statistically significant decreases in annual medical costs of 40.2 percent ($2,840) for diabetes patients, 40.9 percent ($5,681) for patients with cerebrovascular disease, 10.7 percent ($1,090) for patients with coronary artery disease, and 73.7 percent ($2,433) for pregnant patients.


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