Wellness. It’s become a driving force behind many employers’ benefits decisions. And for good reason, too. Employers know healthy employees are happy, productive employees. Wellness has become synonymous with providing excellent medical benefits. Because of this, many employers overlook the impact oral health has on overall health.
Studies show there’s a strong association between oral and overall health. Periodontitis (gum disease), in particular, is a preventable condition that’s connected to systemic illnesses including heart disease and diabetes.
Here’s what the research reveals:
- People with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums
- Untreated gum disease can compound diabetes by making it harder for diabetics to control their blood sugar
- It’s also harder for diabetics to fight gum disease, or any other infection, when their blood sugar isn’t under control which can lead to serious oral health complications
- Routine dental exams and cleanings are key to preventing gum disease
Scientists are working to fully understand the nature of the connection between oral and overall health. However, one thing is clear—oral health is essential to overall health. Promoting and supporting good oral health should be part of employee wellness.
As a producer, you play a crucial role in helping your clients support employee wellness through the benefits you recommend. Dental benefits are an effective way to support oral health. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, Americans with dental coverage are 2.5 times more likely to visit a dentist than those without it.
We’re here to support your client’s wellness efforts. Our prevention-focused plans and online tools make it as easy and affordable as possible for employees to keep their smiles healthy.
Contact a Delta Dental representative to learn more about how we support wellness.