Encouraging your employees to seek preventive dental care, routine exams and cleanings, may be a more important strategic matter than you think.
When employees take advantage of preventive dental care.
2% of all ER visits are from preventable tooth pain.
Save hundreds with teledentistry.
According to a Guardian Insurance study, preventive dental care resulted in savings for employers. If a company can get more employees to take advantage of preventive dental care, the company’s claims will actually decrease about 16%. A Cigna study found that claims decreased 31% per customer, per year over a five-year period when dental prevention was encouraged.
The same Cigna study found that because of the link between oral health and systemic health (diabetes, stroke, heart disease),ER visits decreased 36% among employees when emphasis was placed on dental prevention. This also resulted in a 39% reduction in hospital admissions. That’s hundreds of dollars in savings per member each year.
There are plenty of barriers to seeing the dentist for preventive care – perceived importance, fear, cost, transportation, time and access. These barriers have resulted in only 40% of U.S. citizens having even one annual visit.
So how do you encourage employees to seek preventive dental services? Teledentistry. It has been demonstrated to be a practical and cost-effective way to improve access and increase oral health care use. Teledentistry is a new facet of overall patient care that is rapidly increasing in popularity and value, and it is believed to usher in a new era of dentistry.
Numerous studies have shown that when conducting exams using digital records, the clinician’s findings are just as accurate, if not more so, in diagnosing and determining treatment needs of a patient when compared to traditional, in-person exams. Teledentistry has shown it can increase access to care, improve quality, decrease costs and gain the most efficient use of the skills of healthcare professionals.
As industry leaders, Teledental Solutions uses a proven strategy: technology, enablement, awareness and education. We implement the services you want to provide to your employees. In addition, we provide you with employee on-boarding, training and networking.