Save on Medical Costs by Treating Your Gum Disease

Yes, treating your gum disease can actually save you health care dollars – at least for patients in an oral health study conducted by United Concordia insurance. The annual medical expenses were lower by almost $4,000 per year for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and $2,400 for pregnant women who had their gum disease treatedSave healthcare dollars by keeping your gums healthy with help from Rothfus Family Dental.

The study was conducted by Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and was the largest study of its kind showing a connection between oral health and medical costs. Data from the study about medical costs related to heart disease and diabetes were released earlier. Medical costs for those with heart disease were reduced by $2,2956 per year and diabetic patients saw a reduction in medical costs of almost $2,000 with 1/3 fewer hospitalizations and 13% fewer doctors visits. These numbers all refer to patients who had treatment for their gum disease and continued with ongoing maintenance to ensure good oral health.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy really isn’t as difficult or expensive as most people think. If you don’t smoke, limit your intake of soft drinks and energy drinks, brush your teeth twice each day and floss every day then you are already well on your way. The important part that many people skip is the regular visits to the dentist. A visit to your dental hygienist for a cleaning costs less than you think and provides an incredible health benefit. It also gives us a chance to check for oral cancers and tooth decay.

Please contact Medford OR general dentists Rothfus Family Dental todayat 541-858-7994 to schedule your next visit.