Chairside Screenings for Chronic Diseases Could Save Healthcare System Millions, Note Gwinnett Dentists at Lawrenceville Dental Associates -- Undiagnosed illnesses cost the American healthcare system millions of dollars. Diagnosing these illnesses with a screening at the dentist could save lives and money. --
ATLANTA, GA, May 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Lawrenceville Dental Associates, a Lawrenceville family dentistry practice, believes that dentists are an essential part of the healthcare system of the United States and that they should take a greater part in the overall care of their patients through chairside screenings.
A recent study by the American Dental Association Health Policy Resources Center found that nearly 27 million Americans will visit a dentist without also seeing a physician in the span of a calendar year. It noted that those 27 million people still need basic diagnostic care, and there is an opportunity for dentists to cover that gap.
The study claims that if dentists performed basic chairside screenings for common chronic medical diseases, the American health care system could save as much as $102.6 million each year. These screenings would look for hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol levels are often left undiagnosed in patients who avoid seeing their physicians regularly.
"If even a fraction of these undiagnosed patients received a diagnosis thanks to a chairside screening from their dentist, they would be able to seek and obtain the medical help they needed," says Ken Tralongo, CEO of Tralongo Management. "This could prevent or lessen further medical complications down the line, which currently cost the American health care system millions of dollars."
Lawrenceville Dental Associates believes that adding simple chairside screenings for chronic diseases to your regular dental checkup can be vital to maintaining your overall well-being. The Lawrenceville dentists encourage the dental community as a whole to adopt the practice and to encourage patients to participate.
About Lawrenceville Dental Associates:
Lawrenceville Dental Associates is a general dentistry practice that offers comprehensive dental care for patients in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County. Their practice is made up of a team of four highly trained and experienced Lawrenceville dentists, as well as a friendly and professional support staff.
Learn more at http://www.Lawrencevilledentalassociates.com.
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