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Regular visits to the dentist are an important part of a health regime, helping to keep teeth and gums healthy and identify the early symptoms of more serious problems such as mouth cancer. In addition, gum disease has been linked to other serious health problems, including heart disease and bowel cancer, so it makes sense to visit the dentist regularly.

In 2017, the Oral Health Foundation calculated that oral health problems were costing the UK economy more than £105 million annually, based on estimates that more than 1.2 million days of work were missed in the previous year. Research commissioned as part of National Smile Month found that around one in 20 employees had been forced to take time off work due to oral health issues.

The Oral Health Survey highlights how this risk is significantly diminished if employees have access to a dental plan, with 91% of respondents with a plan visiting a dentist at least every six months.

Employers can feel the brunt of poor dental health. Left untreated an employee’s dental problems can get worse, leading to unplanned time off work for treatment. Given all of these issues, an employer arranged dental plan can help provide financial reassurance and encourage more employees to go for routine checkups. Depending on the provider and the cover selected, Dental plans can cater for employees using either Private or NHS Dentists and there are a wide variety of benefits ranging from routine checkups to more significant procedures and oral surgery.

Research carried out by one of the leading Dental Insurers Cigna in association with YouGov* identified that Dental plans can deliver a number of important benefits to employers:

  • Nearly a quarter of people do not have a dentist they visit regularly.
  • Affordability is the main reason for this with 40% claiming it was the cost that put them off.
  • Almost a quarter of large employers acknowledge that their employees are struggling to afford the cost of dental treatment.
  • Four out of 10 employers do not allow employees paid time away from work to see the dentist.
  • Almost half of employees would visit a dentist more frequently if their employer provided a dental plan.
  • Dental problems have caused up to 17% of employees to take unplanned leave from work.

Given these findings it is clear that a comprehensive Dental Health Plan can be a cost efficient benefit that can help boost employee wellbeing as well as reducing absenteeism in the workplace. Dental plans being offered as an employee benefit have increased steadily since 2010. Research carried out by SimplyHealth in 2019 found that 82% of employers who offer a dental plan agreed that it enhances overall employee wellbeing.

Aston Lark is able to provide you with specialist independent advice on dental plans – now seen as an increasingly important addition to an employee benefits package.

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