United Concordia Oral Health Study: The Results
Published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine
With chronic conditions affecting millions and periodontal disease an epidemic in its own right—nearly half of all Americans have periodontal disease at any time.1 Our new research builds on the results of our landmark oral health study in 2012 that showed the importance of treatment and maintenance on a person’s periodontal health and how it affects his or her overall health.
Jeffcoat MK, Jeffcoat RL, Gladkowski PA, Bramson JB, Blum JJ. Impact of Periodontal Therapy on General Health: Evidence from Insurance Data for Five Systemic Conditions, Am J Prev Med 2014;47(2):166-174.
"I'm pleased that the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has decided to publish the study I've conducted with United Concordia Dental and Highmark Inc. This study shows reduced hospitalizations and health care costs are possible when individuals with at least one chronic condition or who are pregnant receive treatment for their gum disease. Having the study peer-reviewed speaks to the importance of the findings and the credibility of our work." -Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, D.M.D.
What this means for people who have one or more chronic conditions and/or women who are pregnant
If you have a chronic condition, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and/or are pregnant, it is more important than ever to keep up with consistent oral care at home and see your dentist regularly. You many need additional treatment to keep your mouth healthy, which can help improve your overall health, and keep your medical costs down.
How to make better oral health a part of your overall wellness
The basics of good dental care are relatively simple—brush twice day, floss once a day and see your dentist. It’s also important to follow your dentist’s recommendations for treatment. If you have a chronic medical condition, your dentist may recommend additional treatments to keep your teeth and gums healthy. With better oral care, you could see improvements in your overall health, plus savings in medical costs and reduced hospitalizations.
View the Oral Health Study
White Paper here.
Download the Oral Health Study
Executive Summary here.
1. CDC, Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010, 09/12