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National Smile Month 2013 - Help your Employees Look After Their Oral Health

National Smile Month started yesterday. It is a month long event that runs from 20th May to 20th June organised by the British Dental Association. The event was started in 1973 as National Smile Week but has since grown into National Smile Month. 

They are looking to promote three key messages as per the attached PDF:

  1. Brush your teeth two a day for two minutes using fluoride tooth paste
  2. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drink
  3. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

There are some interesting statistics about work and oral health on page 3. All about paid, unpaid time off for dental visits and employees that take holidays. You can help employees by looking into some kind of dental benefit either on a company paid or voluntary funded basis. There are two types of products that you can look at. These are Dental Plans and Health Cash Plans. Both of these can be done on a voluntary or company funded basis.

Dental Plans are designed to help with the preventative side of treatment such as checkups, hygiene and x-rays, together with any restorative or remedial treatment such as fillings, crowns and extractions. You can either have a set financial limit for each type of procedure or per treatment group. The larger the financial limits then the larger the cost! There are scheme available to just pay the NHS limits or a contribution so that it helps ease the cost. These go all the way to virtually full cover at any dentist should you wish to pay the premiums.

Health Cash Plans are designed to cover everyday health costs and pay mainly for your preventative dental measures. This is due to the financial limits and other benefits offered by a Health Cash Plan. You can use your dental pot for any treatment but generally it is used for checkups and hygiene. Dental is only one of many benefits that are included in a cash plan. It is a more rounded offering that provides money towards Optical Care, Therapies, Consultations and Diagnostic Test as well has clinic based Health Screens and Health Assessments. Health Matters provides advice on a Health Cash Plans and have both company paid and voluntary paid option. These can be found here. 

The voluntary option is a discussed scheme that you can offer to your employees at their own cost and is done via individual direct debit so you only have to promote it and not administer it! There are more benefits on these schemes to help broaden the appeal but lower limits for each benefit.

Contact Health Matter to see how we can help you help your employees to look after their teeth better. You should see a return on your short term absenteeism reducing and a happier workforce! If you do have benefits like this in place already then still contact us to see how we can help you get the most of them.


James 21/05/13




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