Consumers who hadcoverage but did not receive preventive dental services had a 19percent higher rate of trips to the emergency room than those withcoverage who received preventive dental services. (Photo:Shuterrstock)

Getting preventive dental care could be the catalyst inlowering costs for patients with chronic medical conditions.

A new two-year study from dental insurer DominionNational, in partnership with Capital BlueCross and analyticalsupport firm Geneia, finds that people with chronic healthconditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease who received preventive dentalcare covered by Capital BlueCross' BlueCross Dental benefits werefound to have fewer costly emergency room visits and hospital stays.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.