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May 9, 2013 at 6:34 AM

State-funded dental care

Dental care can save money in the long run

Fred Kiga and Mark Secord say that early dental care can prevent minor problems from turning into serious health issues [“Fully fund basic dental care,” Opinion, May 7]. As a dentist and chief dental officer for United Concordia, I could not agree more.

We recently conducted a study with our parent company Highmark that reveals treating gum disease in individuals with certain chronic conditions can add up to significant health-care savings.

Our study, the largest of its kind, shows annual medical savings of $1,814, $2,956, $1,029 and $3,964 are possible when an individual with diabetes, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), or rheumatoid arthritis, respectively, receives and maintains treatment for gum disease.

Today, plenty of research exists showing good oral health plays an important role in overall health. And now, research exists revealing the financial impact of failing to prevent or treat dental disease. Investing in dental wellness should definitely be viewed as investment in everyone’s total health and well-being.

James Bramson, D.D.S., chief dental officer, United Concordia

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