More Companies Offering Dental Benefits to Employees, Survey Finds

53% of employers offer dental benefits in 2014.

More than 53% of employers offered workers dental benefits in 2014, indicating that an increasing number of employers recognize the importance of good oral health.

The number of businesses offering dental benefits has grown considerably since 2000, according to the 2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research and Educational Trust. The nationwide survey took into account the size and region of firms when calculating the percentage of businesses offering dental benefits as a part of their health insurance benefits.

In 2000, only 31% of all businesses offered dental benefits. Today,  53% of employers offer dental benefits in 2014.

Large employers (200 or more employees) are more likely than small employers (3-199 employees) to offer or contribute to a separate dental health benefit. Among large employers, 88% offered dental benefits. Although the percentage of small employers offering dental benefits increased from 30% in 2000 to 52% in 2014, the difference is obvious.

Regionally, workers in the Midwest received employer-sponsored dental benefits more often: about 60% of the Midwest region companies offered dental benefits, compared to only 45% in the West.

The survey results are encouraging and may show that an increasing number of employers recognize the relationship between oral health and overall health. Offering dental benefits may also help employers attract new talent, as new grads rank dental insurance among the top five most important workplace benefits.

Tables courtesy of Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust

Tables courtesy of Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust

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3 Responses to “More Companies Offering Dental Benefits to Employees, Survey Finds”

  1. Paul Thompson
    10/17/2014 at 10:19 am #

    Great news! I am glad companies today are giving importance to the dental health of their employees. I hope more companies will follow and give these benefits to their employees also. Clearly dental health is really important.

    • Caroline Cole →
      11/03/2014 at 2:44 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Paul! We couldn’t agree more!

  2. Tilda
    05/07/2017 at 11:55 am #

    When comparing your company’s dental benefit offerings, be sure to take these three areas into consideration.

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