Dental care reduces likelihood of hospitalization for people with diabetes or coronary artery disease

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Physicians and dentists know that oral health is a critical element of overall health. However, there are many unknowns with respect to the effects of regular dental care and a healthy mouth, teeth and gums. Furthermore, Medicare does not cover dental care, and although children receive dental care as part of Medicaid, coverage for adults varies state-to-state.

In a new Mayo Clinic-led study published in the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, researchers examined the connection between preventive dental care—that is, regular exams, cleaning and nonsurgical periodontal treatment—and the costs of care for people with

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