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How can you put a smile on your employees’ face?

Did you know that poor oral health can lead to many seemingly unrelated medical conditions? In fact, oral bacteria and oral disease have been linked to a variety of serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, strokes and pregnancy complications. Introducing a dental plan as part of our wider employee benefits package can be a proactive wellbeing measure your people will really appreciate.

Importance of oral health

There is a strong relationship between your oral health and general health. For example:

  • Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs affect both your overall and oral health.
  • Dry mouth, or a lack of saliva, increases your risk of tooth decay.
  • Oral pain resulting in an inability to eat properly can prevent you from getting the nutrition your body needs to stay healthy.

Periodontal disease

  • The advanced form of gum disease, called periodontitis, causes tooth loss and is also sometimes associated with cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia.
  • Pregnant women with periodontitis are at an increased risk for delivering babies that are pre-term and/or have low birth weight.
  • Diabetics are more likely to develop periodontitis, and more severe cases of it, than non-diabetics.
  • People who smoke or drink alcohol have an increased risk of periodontitis and other conditions, such as oral cancer.

How can employers help?

Assistance with dental treatment is a widely appreciated benefit that employees will use every year, helping to support their overall health and wellbeing.

With the cost-of-living crisis, private dental treatment, which can be costly, is out of reach for most.

Employee funded or self-funded insurance based dental plans and cash plans can be a great way for employers to help bridge that gap. There are a range of dental plans and levels of cover that can be designed to suit you and your employees.

Contact our team to start a conversation about how you can make a positive difference in the health, wellbeing and productivity of your team.