How Dental Benefits Improve Well-Being
Offering a dental plan to employees or purchasing a dental plan on your own isn't just about oral health. Dental benefits have been shown to improve both oral health and overall well-being.
Dental coverage emphasizes preventive care.
Americans lose more than 164 million hours of work every year due to dental disease.1 But dental coverage can go a long way toward helping employees avoid oral health problems that require them to call in sick. Preventive care, like regular dental exams and cleanings, is typically fully covered under most dental plans including many of those available from Delta Dental of Illinois.
Adults with dental coverage are 58 percent more likely than those without to visit the dentist at least once a year.2 By visiting the dentist regularly, dental issues are addressed right away – before they become costly, painful problems that lead to time away from the office.
Oral health is linked to overall well-being.
People who keep annual dental appointments are more likely to report good oral health. Those who rate their oral health as good tend to also give their overall well-being a good or better rating.3
When it comes to physical health, regular dental visits can help with early disease detection. Signs and symptoms of over 120 diseases appear in the mouth including diabetes and heart disease.4 Identifying these diseases early can mean higher chances of effective treatment and less medical costs down the road. Dentists also screen for oral cancer during routine checkups, which can dramatically aid in early detection and successful treatment.
Oral health is linked to success.
Good oral health touches multiple areas of our lives like speaking, smiling, eating, expressing emotions and more. Without it, people can feel uncomfortable smiling and expressing themselves fully. They may even experience anxiety about their oral health that can make everyday life more stressful.5
Dental coverage not only promotes good oral health, but it also leads to better overall health and physical well-being. Better overall health reduces dental care costs, which saves both companies and individuals money.
1Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/datastatistics/surgeongeneral/report/executivesummary.htm
2Seventy-five percent of adult consumers with dental benefits reported they see the dentist at least once a year versus 47 percent of those without dental benefits, as reported in the Delta Dental of Illinois 2018 Adult Oral Health Survey
3Delta Dental of Illinois 2018 Adult Oral Health Survey
4Steven L. Bricker, Robert P. Langlais, and Craig S. Miller, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine and Treatment Planning (Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1994).