All program and pricing information was current at the time of publication (October 2016) and is subject to change without notice.
To find out what may have changed, please call MTA Benefits at 800.336.0990.
study of routine periodontal care shows that when people treat oral
health as a key piece of wellness, their overall health care costs and
hospital admissions decline.
The study was conducted by Dr. Marjorie
Jeffcoat, professor of periodontology
and dean emeritus at the University of
Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine.
Results were published in 2015 by United
Concordia Dental in a paper titled The
Mouth: The Missing Piece to Overall
Wellness and Lower Medical Costs.
Using medical claims data from
Highmark and United Concordia dental
plans, Dr. Jeffcoat analyzed nearly 1.7 million insurance records from 2005
to 2009. Of that data set, 338,891 members were identified as having both
medical and dental insurance. Data subsets were created by including those
with a diagnosis of at least one specified medical condition and evidence of
periodontal disease. Chronic conditions included cerebral vascular disease
(stroke); coronary artery (heart) disease, and Type 2 diabetes. Also included
in the study were women who were pregnant.
The study compared members who completed treatment and maintenance for
gum disease with those who didn’t. For each group, two outcomes were ana-
lyzed: total annual medical costs and total annual number of hospitalizations.
The study showed that annual medical costs and hospitalizations were
considerably lower for members with chronic medical conditions and for
women who were pregnant who completed their periodontal treatment
and maintenance. The opportunity for cost savings was significant.
Annual Medical Cost Savings
$5,681 for members with cerebral vascular disease (stroke)
$1,090 for members with coronary artery disease (heart)
$2,840 for members with diabetes ($1,477 for diabetes
outpatient drug costs*)
$2,433 for pregnant women
Annual Hospitalization Reductions**
21. 2 percent for members with stroke
28. 6 percent for members with heart disease
39.4 percent for members with diabetes
Without a doubt, good oral health is critical to overall health. The right dental
coverage makes it easy for members to get the care they need to improve their
For more information on United Concordia dental plans through your MTA
membership, please call Professional Insurance Services, Inc., at 800.382.1352
or go to mtabenefits.com. Click on Benefits and then Insurance.
*Internal data analysis on diabetes and drug costs. Average savings after seven or more
**Not applicable to pregnant women.
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Find great savings on your next trip to Orlando with Orlando Member Discounts. Lodging
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