Colin Perry, Corporate Channel Marketing Manager focuses on the importance of oral health and the affects this can have on overall health and wellbeing.
Health and wellbeing is becoming an increasingly important priority among company decision makers, as they recognise the impact a healthy workforce has on motivation and performance. In a recent survey, over three-quarters1 of companies said they have a health and wellbeing strategy in place, the emphasis placed on physical and mental wellbeing, with only 56% of those companies supporting financial wellbeing. A key question for these company decision makers must surely be ‘what is an effective health and wellbeing strategy?’
There are multiple sources of information surrounding employees’ physical, mental and financial wellbeing and the benefits that can be offered to manage them.
Addressing overall general wellbeing is nothing new to Denplan as we are a firm believer in preventive oral healthcare and helping people understand the wider benefits of good oral health and being dentally fit.
More UK businesses are recognising that their wellbeing offering for their employees can be enriched by a dental plan. With ever increasing links being found between oral and general health1, dental is being pushed to the forefront when companies are selecting employee benefits and devising health and wellbeing strategies.
GOOD ORAL HEALTH = OVERALL HEALTH
Denplan believes that prevention is better than cure and we continually seek to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health. Prevention isn’t just about tooth decay and gum disease as we see more and more research showing links between oral health and general wellbeing.
A regular check-up can help a dentist to spot the early signs of various serious conditions, one of the most vital being mouth cancer. Although not the most publicised cancer, each year mouth cancer claims more lives than testicular and cervical cancers combined, and the number of cases is increasing. In 2002, 4,500 mouth cancer cases were recorded in the UK. By 2012, this had increased to 7,300 cases reported2. That’s a 62% rise in just one decade.
The links between gum disease and various chronic conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease are now also widely recognised1. Dental problems can also disrupt how people eat, their quality of sleep, performance at work as well as affect their emotional wellbeing.
Unlike other medical professionals, dentists and dental nurses see ‘healthy’ patients every day. This gives them the opportunity to highlight the importance of prevention to reduce the risk of any longer-term problems later on in life.
Denplan supports health and wellbeing nationwide campaigns throughout the year and actively engages with our clients to arm them with as many facts delivered in a fun way to educate their employees on the benefits of good oral health.
BENEFITS TO AN EMPLOYER
Having healthy, happy employees who can regularly visit a dentist close to work can result in less time and money lost in staff absenteeism. What’s more, employees with a preventive benefit like a dental plan in place could also reduce a company’s PMI premiums.
According to a recent survey3, this year there has been a rise of 40% in dental plans being offered as an employee benefit.
A dental benefit not only supports the general wellbeing of staff and their families but also gives employees access to a benefit that can be utilised on a regular basis.
Providing easy access to preventive dental treatment and oral health advice should also encourage your staff to take more responsibility for their oral health, which in turn should positively influence their overall health and wellbeing.
31% of companies said that dental is valuable in enhancing employee wellbeing. Furthermore, 47% of employers said that a dental plan helps to manage staff absences and time taken off for sickness; 41% of companies that offer employees a dental plan say that dental insurance is the benefit they consider to be of most value to employees3.
For the full results, download your free copy (available from 30 April) at: denplan.co.uk/wellbeingcalendar
1 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; What Is the Relationship Between Oral Health and General Health and Well-being? (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/SurgeonGeneral/sgr/chap5.htm)
3 Denplan Corporate Decision Makers Survey 2016. The survey was carried out online. Total sample size was
2,650 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).