Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

Want Some Extra Money? Treat Your Gum Disease

Could you use an extra thousand dollars a year?  Recent studies show that treating gum disease could save you thousands of dollars in medical costs if you suffer from a number of chronic medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, cerebral vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis or pregnancy. There have been countless studies showing a correlation between oral health and chronic diseases. There is also a dangerous correlation between gum disease and pre-term births. Studies are now beginning to look into the possible link between gum disease and medical costs and the results are astounding. 

Treating gum disease can save you both time and money according to a study published in the August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Chronic gum disease has been linked to poor blood sugar control with diabetic patients. If you suffer from type 2 diabetes you could save $2,840 a year by taking care of your gum disease. You could also cut your risk for a hospital visit by 39.4%. The correlation between gum disease and vascular disease has been known to doctors for years. Scientist suspect bacteria from periodontal disease enter the blood stream and may cause blood clots to form. If you suffer from coronary artery disease (heart disease) treating your gum disease can save you $5,681 a year. If you suffer from cerebral vascular disease (stroke) you can save $1,090 if you treat your periodontal disease. If you are pregnant and have gum disease you are at greater risk of having a pre-term birth. Avoiding this risk by treating gum disease could save you $2,433 in medical bills and protect the health of your child. These findings brings into to focus the direct cost of untreated gum disease to patients and the healthcare system, as a whole.

Periodontitis (gum disease) is an epidemic affecting 47% of Americans over 30. The prevalence of periodontal disease is 70% for Americans over 65! The best way to avoid or treat gum disease is to visit your dentist. New advances in laser dentistry mean that treating even advanced periodontal disease is easier and more comfortable than ever before. As the report shows, the investment you make treating your gums today can be paid back many times over.



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