Dental benefit utilization benefits everyone. Insured individuals are more likely to receive preventive care. And those who keep appointments are healthier overall.
As a group administrator or human resources professional, it’s up to you to encourage employees to make the most of their benefits. Here’s how to take an active role:
1. Teach them why benefits matter.
Medical conditions can be unpredictable. Fortunately, dental disease is nearly 100% preventable, which is why most plans focus on prevention. Oral health affects overall health, too. More than 90% of systemic diseases—like cancer and diabetes—can be detected at a dental appointment. Teach them about the mind/body connection with our new LifeSmile toolkit. Support employee wellness with our dental risk assessment tool. It evaluates a person’s risk for oral disease, on an individualized basis.
2. Show them how benefits save.
When prevention is the name of dental benefits game, regular checkups trump costly treatments down the road. Illustrate cost advantages of seeking care from an in-network dentist. Finally, our Dental Care Cost Estimator can help employees plan for their next procedure. Access it online or via our mobile app.
3. Tell them about benefit add-ons.
Incentives and discount programs are oftentimes glossed over during benefits orientation. Employees forget about the extras. Promote discount programs that come with coverage, like savings on oral health products, for example.
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