Preventive Care Starts in the Mouth
You and your employees have heard it many times before: preventive dental care is essential to overall health. How does brushing, flossing and having a prophylaxis appointment (i.e. dental cleaning) every six months improve your overall health and help reduce illness? Your mouth is literally the talking piece of the overall health of your body.
To keep your employees healthy and in the office, pay attention to these factors:
- Bacteria in your mouth travels to other parts of your body in your bloodstream (AAOSH)
- Gum disease increases the risk of head and neck cancer (AAOSH)
- People with gum disease are twice as likely to die from heart disease and three times as likely to die from stroke (Mayo Clinic)
- Research has found an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis (American Academy of Family Physicians)
- Diabetes and bleeding gums increase your risk of premature death by 400-700% (AAOSH)
- Bacteria that lives in your mouth can cause heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke (AAOSH)
- Tooth loss and gum disease increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (Mayo Clinic)
- Gum disease increases pancreatic & kidney cancer risk by 62% (Harvard)
- 93% of people with gum disease are at risk for diabetes (AAOSH)
- The Surgeon General reports that at least 80% of American adults have gum disease (AAOSH)
- Pregnant women with gum disease have only a 1 in 7 chance of giving birth to a healthy child of normal size (AAOSH)
So back to the beginning. Preventive dental care is essential to you and your employees’ overall health. Offering a group dental plan for your employees as part of your employee benefits package will increase the likelihood of a preventive visit every six months. This in turn will help increase the overall health and wellbeing of your employees, as well as reduce medical claims. Contact a member of the ‘A’ Team for more information.
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