Unlike health insurance, dental needs and treatments are fairly predictable. Common dental diseases are preventable and can be caught early on in most cases. Because of this, services are typically low-cost diagnostic procedures like exams, x-rays, and cleanings which can help individuals avoid more costly surgical procedures in the future. This keeps the cost of coverage affordable for both your business and your employees as they consistently maintain their oral health rather than reacting to pain and suffering.
If your employees catch a cavity early on when it’s small, they can get a simple filling as opposed to a lengthy and painful root canal or extraction later. Saving them hours (or even days) of pain as well as the cost of more invasive procedures. It also helps maintain efficiency as they won’t have to take sick days or personal time for procedures and recovery. If not prevented, oral health issues can cause serious health problems overall, such as cardiovascular disease and respiratory infections.
Preventative Care That Can Identify Other Ailments
Individuals who get twice a year cleanings, which is most commonly recommended by dentists, actually see their dental hygienist more often than their primary care physician. Since the vast majority of systemic diseases have oral manifestations, this means that your dentist and hygienist could be the first line of defense in identifying these illnesses. Your bad breath could be a sign of something more serious, and the earlier these illnesses are recognized, the better your chances of fighting them.
Good dental health is a reflection of good health overall, and in many ways this coverage can be a lifesaver for employees. In addition to providing coverage, it’s important to make sure employees understand the importance of both opting into and utilizing this benefit.
The many available options for providing dental coverage can be overwhelming. Summerlin-Roberts provides the industry experience that can make the decision making process much simpler, and help you feel confident that you’ve made the right choice. Contact us to learn more about the available options and which will best meet your needs.