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How to Increase Employee Productivity Through Oral Health

January 23, 2019

Did you know that visiting the dentist can actually improve employee productivity?

Tracking the link between oral health and overall health can in turn help businesses improve productivity and the bottom line.

Dentists can detect as many as 100 illnesses through a simple exam of the mouth, throat and neck. These include:

  • Nutritional Disorders    
  • Diabetes
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)          
  • Pernicious Anemia         
  • Oral Cancer       
  • Bulimia
  • Aids

It's not surprising that healthier employees have increased energy and improved productivity. A healthy workplace typically has fewer sick days logged and better overall employee morale.

Employers who encourage good oral health via regular dental visits will ultimately result in better overall health and increased productivity. To assist employers in this arena, Delta Dental has created a reporting tool to help businesses track their employees oral health habits. This tool gathers data on the employees oral health benefit usage.

The tracking tool will highlight what percentage of employees are not taking full advantage of the preventative dental care that is already included in your current benefit plan, and also make recommendations that may better suit your employee population.

Armed with such relevant information, employers can then encourage employees to use their benefits, or they can have a 3rd party reach out to offer information and advice to their teams.

In turn, this can save employers money in the long run and help them make informed decisions regarding what benefits to provide based on employees needs. Employers can also receive reports benchmarking their own company's data against companies around the same size and in the same industry.

Ask your benefits provider how you can track your employees oral health and keep your work force productive and healthy!

For further information, visit us at www.deltadentalnj.com 

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