The evidence connecting dental health with overall health has been mounting, a fact acknowledged in the Affordable Care Act when pediatric dental coverage was considered an essential health benefit. A study from UnitedHealthcare connects the dots even further to show that attention to oral health can have a tangible impact on overall health costs.

Research from the Medical Dental Integration Study in March shows people with chronic conditions who received appropriate dental care had net medical and dental claims that were, on average, $1,038 lower per year than the claims of chronically ill who did not receive such oral care.

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