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

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

A new two-year study from dental insurer Dominion National, in partnership with Capital BlueCross and analytical support firm Geneia, finds that people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease who received preventive dental care covered by Capital BlueCross’ BlueCross Dental benefits were found 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.

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