Health care costs continue to rise, making it increasingly important for companies to make the most of every dollar invested in employee benefits programs. Fortunately, group dental benefits continue to remain very affordable, experiencing only modest increases over the past decade.
While dental benefits remain a good value, it’s sensible to make sure employees get the most out of the investment. Here are some tips to help:
Encourage employees to visit the dentist regularly.
Most dental disease is preventable and less expensive when treated early. Preventive care includes a thorough exam and cleaning. It also includes professional fluoride treatments and dental sealants for children.
Sealants are considered preventive care.
Dental sealants are plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. They fill in and seal pits and grooves, making teeth more resistant to cavity-causing bacteria. They're an effective way to prevent tooth decay in children.
When a child receives a sealant, they decrease their possible need for a filling later on. Though prices vary, filling a cavity can cost about $100, while sealant application costs only about $30 to $40 per tooth. That's a savings of $60 - $70 per tooth!
Dental benefits remain one of the most-preferred benefits among employees. Employees who use of their dental benefits for routine preventive care are more likely to experience the advantages of positive oral and overall health. And that's a worthwhile investment!