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Dentist Chronic Illness Screening Cuts Costs

happyhealthytoothOral health and overall health are linked, and dentists could help to save consumers and the health care industry millions of dollars if they were to screen for common chronic diseases. Millions of Americans each year visit their dentist, but not their primary care physician. Read on to learn more about what the ADA has recently reported regarding this issue. Thanks for visiting us at Castle Rock Endodontics. 

A new ADA report estimates that screenings by dentists for common chronic diseases could save millions of dollars.

The ADA Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC) concluded that it could cut as much as $102.6 million in annual spending from the U.S. healthcare system (American Journal of Public Health, February 13, 2014).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8% of the U.S. population has undiagnosed hypertension, 3% has undiagnosed diabetes, and 8% has undiagnosed high cholesterol.

As many as 27 million people visit a dentist but not a physician in a given year, explained Kamyar Nasseh, PhD, lead author of the study. Dentists have an opportunity to be part of an integrated healthcare team working to combat chronic illnesses.

There is potential for additional savings over the long term through prevention, health promotion, and early interventions that the study did not model.

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