Offering a dental plan to employees isn’t just about oral health. Dental benefits can improve overall health and happiness for more productive business.
Dental coverage emphasizes preventive care.
In South Dakota, 1 in 12 adults say they’ve missed work because of the condition of their mouth and teeth. In fact, Americans lose more than 164 million hours of work every year due to dental disease.
But dental coverage can help employees avoid oral health problems that require them to call in sick. Preventive care, like regular dental exams and cleanings, is usually fully covered under most dental plans.
And having dental coverage gets people to the dentist. Adults with dental coverage are 73 percent more likely than those without to visit the dentist at least once a year.¹ And they’d like to visit even more often.
By visiting the dentist regularly, employees can address dental issues before they become costly, painful problems that lead to missing work.
Oral health is linked to overall health and well-being.
Research is finding how the health of the mouth is connected to the heath of the rest of the body. Poor oral health is connected to a number of chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory illness, stroke and more.
And did you know signs and symptoms of over 120 diseases appear in the mouth?² Catching diseases early can mean higher chances of effective treatment and less medical costs down the road.
People who keep annual dental appointments are more likely to report good oral health. Those who rate their oral health as good also give their overall well-being a good or better rating.³
Oral health is linked to success.
Poor oral health affects multiple areas of our lives like speaking, smiling, eating, and expressing emotions, leading to embarrassment and anxiety. Around 1 in 4 South Dakotans report they experience these issues because of their oral health.
By feeling confident in their smile and satisfied with their oral health, employees can focus their attention on what matters most.
¹Delta Dental 2018 Adult Oral Health Survey
²Steven L. Bricker, Robert P. Langlais, and Craig S. Miller, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine and Treatment Planning (Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1994).
³Delta Dental 2018 Adult Oral Health Survey