How dental benefits improve employees’ well-being

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July 25th, 2018

Offering a dental plan to your employees isn’t just about oral health. Dental benefits have been shown to improve both oral health and overall well-being.

Dental coverage emphasizes preventive care.

Americans lose more than 164 million hours of work every year due to dental disease. But dental coverage can go a long way toward helping employees avoid oral health problems that have them calling in sick. Preventive care, like regular dental exams and cleanings, is typically fully covered under most dental plans, including many of those available from Delta Dental.

Adults with dental coverage are 73 percent more likely than those without to visit the dentist at least once a year. By visiting the dentist regularly, employees can address dental issues right away – before they become expensive, painful problems that lead to time out of the office.

Oral health is linked to overall well-being.

People who keep annual dental appointments are more likely to report good oral health, and those who rate their oral health as good tend to also give their overall well-being a good or better rating.

When it comes to physical health, regular dental visits can help with early disease detection. Signs and symptoms of over 120 diseases can appear in the mouth, including diabetes and heart disease. Catching these diseases early can mean higher chances of effective treatment and less medical costs down the road. Also importantly, dentists often screen for oral cancer during routine checkups, which can dramatically aid in early detection and successful treatment.

Oral health is linked to success.

Good oral health touches multiple areas of our lives. Speaking, smiling, eating and expressing emotions are all powerfully affected by our oral health. Those without it have reported feeling uncomfortable expressing themselves fully and experiencing anxiety about their oral health, which can make eveyday life more stressful.

By feeling confident and satisfied with their oral health, employees can better focus on their work.