3 Ways to Encourage Employees to Use Their Dental Benefits

Dental coverage enhances employee morale. Make sure they take full advantage.

Dental coverage enhances employee morale. Make sure they take full advantage.

Insured employees are more likely to receive preventive care. And if they keep their appointments, they’re more likely to be healthier overall.

As a group administrator, you’re the go-to for all things 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 percent preventable, which is why most plans focus on prevention. Oral health affects overall health, too. More than 90 percent of systemic diseases—like cancer and diabetes—can be detected at a dental appointment. 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 the dental benefits game, regular checkups trump costly treatments down the road. Illustrate cost advantages of seeking care from an in-network dentist. Our Dental Care Cost Estimator can also help employees plan for their next procedure.
  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 orthodontia and vision discounts, for example.

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