Regular Dental Examination Identify Hidden Health Concerns

During a dental cleaning and checkup exam, your oral health is carefully evaluated.  The dentist analyzes your gums and teeth for signs of oral and medical concerns that can be detected in the early states.

Periodontal Disease- Periodontal (gum) disease has become a significant concern as health researchers have discovered a direct link between this disease and several serious health problems, including diabetes, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes.  Advanced gum disease affects four to 12 percent of adults in the United States.

Costs of oral health- Employers concerned with the productivity and performance of their employees recognize the hidden costs of oral health problems:

  • Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for American kids, affecting more than one-fourth of those ages two through five, and half of those ages 12-15.  Parents often miss work to care for kids with an oral health issues.
  • One-fourth of U.S. adults age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth.
  • Each year, about 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed.
  • Employees miss approximately 164 million work hours annually due to oral health problems.

 

Access to dental insurance is a predictor of oral care- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that “access to dental insurance is a strong predictor of regular use of a dental professional.  Offering dental benefits and encouraging employees to take advantage of them can go a long way in protecting the most precious resource a company has…its people.”  Employees with dental benefits are:

  • 49% more likely to have visited the dentist in the last six months
  • 42% more likely to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning at least once a year