A global approach to assess the economic benefits of increased consumption of sugar-free chewing gum.
Reinhard Rychlik, Fabian Kreimendahl, Cornelia Blaich, Hanny Calache, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, Elizabeth Kay, Yan Si, David Zilberman, Stefan Zimmer
Am J Dent | Published : 2017
PURPOSE: To analyze the influence of increasing the average consumption of sugar-free gum (SFG) in 25 industrialized countries on dental expenditures due to caries by the national health care systems. It was assumed that large cost savings were possible, because the regular consumption of SFG significantly reduces the relative risk of caries and therefore, improves dental health, which reduces expenditures on dental treatments. METHODS: A budget impact analysis (BIA) was performed to model the decrease in the relative risk of caries and the subsequent cost savings for dental care. Annual consumption of SFG, dental expenditures due to caries, chewing frequencies by age groups and the relative..View full abstract