United Concordia Dental – 2018 Dental Solutions Report - 8

Elevating Employee Wellness:
The Right Dental Benefits + The Right Engagement
= Employees invested in their own health

FINDINGS

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into Dental Plans

RESEARCH
United Concordia set out to determine if there is a connection between
periodontal (gum disease) treatment and chronic medical conditions.
Our Study: We partnered with the University of Pennsylvania School of
Dental Medicine Professor Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat on Impact of Periodontal
Therapy on General Health: Evidence from Insurance Data for Five Systemic
Conditions, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Our Focus: We evaluated the effects of gum disease treatment on
medical costs and hospitalizations in people with evidence* of gum
disease and certain chronic conditions:
Cardiovascular (heart) disease

Diabetes

Cerebrovascular disease
(including stroke)

Pregnancy

OUR FINDINGS

Smile for Health®-Wellness
Members with certain chronic medical conditions
receive enhanced benefits that cover most services
needed to properly treat gum disease at 100%.‡
The Pregnancy Benefit
Additional coverage that provides an extra preventive
and periodontal service to treat gum disease, which
commonly develops during pregnancy.

Through

ongoing research,

* Positive overall health outcomes
* Medical savings
* Reduction in hospitalizations

United Concordia
continues to explore
the oral-systemic
connection.

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Individuals who received gum
disease treatment and/or
maintenance could possibly see:

Based on our research findings, we designed:

90%

of systemic diseases
have oral symptoms.1

75%
of American adults have

some form of gum disease.2

Without dental health, you can't have complete health.

*Based on five years of insurance claims data. ‡ Your standard plan's frequency limitations (how often services are covered), annual maximum (the maximum amount your plan will pay toward services during the plan year), and
3. Associations of Self-Reported Periodontal Disease With Metabolic Syndrome and Number of Self-Reported Chronic Conditions; Centers for Disease Control; May 2011. 4. In U.S., Poor Health Tied to Big Losses for All Job Types; G


https://www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/member/wellness/smile-for-health/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24953519 https://www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/dental-health/conditions/pregnancy-oral-health/pregnancy-benefit/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3103555/ https://news.gallup.com/poll/162344/poor-health-tied-big-losses-job-types.aspx

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