Return on investment for oral health interventions: 4 CDC stats

The U.S. healthcare system could save up to $100 million each year if dental practices screened for certain chronic conditions, according to CDC data

The CDC compiled data on return on investments from oral health interventions such as community water fluoridation, school sealant programs and medical-dental integrated care.

Here are four stats to know about the financial impact of oral health interventions: 

1. Community water fluoridation can save the U.S. $6.5 billion and $32 per person each year.

2. Communities of 1,000 or more residents see an average estimated $20 return on investment for every $1 spent on water fluoridation.

3. Schools that provide sealants to students at high risk for cavities can save up to $300 million in averted costs and save $11.70 per sealed tooth over four years.

4. The U.S. healthcare system could save up to $100 million each year if dental practices screened patients for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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