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Elevating the use of sugar-free chewing gum in Germany: cost saving and caries prevention.

Zimmer, Stefan; Spyra, Anna; Kreimendahl, Fabian; Blaich, Cornelia; Rychlik, Reinhard.
Acta Odontol Scand; 76(6): 407-414, 2018 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Jun 2018 | ID: mdl-29947271
Resumo: OBJECTIVE: To analyse the lifetime monetary and health related effects of the consumption of sugar-free chewing gum. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using a Markov model we assumed that the German consumption of sugar-free chewing gum (111 gums/year) could be elevated to the level of Finland (202 gums/year). The calculation was based on a model patient representing the development of oral health from the age of 12 to 74 years and clinical data on the effectiveness of chewing sugar-free gum. Lifetime and yearly costs for the 'Finland-scenario' were determined and compared with the actual German expenses of the statutory health insurance companies for dental health. RESULTS: The actual total lifetime expenditures of the statutory health insurance companies are 17,199.96€ per capita and would be 12,188.94€ in the scenario with elevated consumption of sugar-free chewing gum in Germany. Thus, 5011.02€ per capita could be saved in a lifetime and 80.82€ per year. CONCLUSIONS: On a national scale, the elevation of the consumption of sugar-free chewing gum in Germany to the level of Finland would lead to a considerable benefit for cost saving and oral health for the statutory health insurance companies.