If dentists were to screen for chronic diseases such as diabetes, the savings would be enormous. Read on to learn more, and thanks for visiting Mt. Juliet and Cookeville 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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