How Onsite Dental Benefits Help Your Organization Stay Competitive
Few people love going to the dentist, but there are a few things that could make the experience more enjoyable for your employees and their families. What if they didn’t have to miss work to make it to an appointment and visiting the dentist’s office was as easy as walking down the hall? What if easy access to routine check-ups helped members treat oral health issues before they become severe?
These “what ifs” are not as far-fetched as you might think. Keep reading to learn more about why enhanced dental benefits are important and the value of offering this unique health benefit to your people.
Why so many people avoid going to the dentist
If the idea of going to the dentist makes your heart race, you’re not alone, 36% of people in the U.S. have a fear of dental treatment. Cost is another hurdle many people face, with one survey finding 25% of respondents skipped dental care in the past year due to the cost.
Making dental visits as comfortable and accessible as possible can help break the stigma for individuals who have challenges going to the dentist. Onsite centers that make dental care convenient and are exclusive to a member population can help remove some common barriers that make people avoid regular dentist visits.
Saving on healthcare costs with preventive onsite dental care
Onsite dental care isn’t only convenient for employees and dependents, it’s cost-effective for organizations in the long run. An ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure when it comes to oral care, with routine dental visits catching many minor issues while they are small before they become more costly and invasive to treat. One report has found that preventive oral care resulted in total savings of 31% per member per year, including reduced costs for emergencies, endodontics, oral surgery, and restorative crowns and bridges.
Medical savings from preventive oral care
Preventive dental care doesn’t only benefit oral health, it can also save on other medical costs as well. Practicing good preventive dental care was shown to reduce emergency room visits by 36% and hospital admissions by 39%.
On the other hand, poor oral health has been linked to several diseases and conditions like cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth complications, and pneumonia. Additionally, conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, or arthritis have been known to affect oral health as they progress. All this snowballs into unnecessarily high healthcare costs and poor health outcomes, proving that preventive dental care cannot be overlooked.
Attract talent with onsite and corporate dental benefits
In today’s labor market, employers are looking for anything to set them apart from the competition. Onsite dental is a unique benefit that can give your organization a leg up when attracting potential candidates. Dedication to proactive health benefits shows your employees and their families that wellbeing is an important value at your organization.
Making employee’s lives easier
According to the CDC, 86.9% of children had a dental visit in the past year, but only 63% of adults did. It’s easy to keep up with regular dentist visits as a kid, but many people find it’s a lot harder as an adult to find that time to take care of yourself. Your employees and their families have so many responsibilities and obligations to balance, but you can take one thing off their plate by making dental visits simple and convenient.
Dental care is an integral part of member health that shouldn’t be overlooked. Premise Health’s dental product brings the dentist closer to your members at onsite or nearsite wellness centers, making it easier to keep up with routine preventive care, resulting in improved health outcomes and reduced costs of care for employers.
Offering dental care onsite is an attractive benefit that can make your organization more appealing to candidates in a competitive job market and shows employees that their health is a priority. If you’re ready to upgrade your member’s dental benefits, reach out to us today.