Dental Care: Strong employees have healthy teeth

Tooth loss is something that is often associated with age however decay in teeth can affect people of all ages. Daily dental care is slipping and therefore more people are being affected by unhealthy teeth. Tooth loss can be caused due to the number of different reasons from injury to teeth, or poor dental care, illness and eating habits.

Poor oral hygiene is caused from not brushing and flossing teeth regularly. As well as not having visiting a dentist and hygienist. This can lead to gum disease, which is swollen sore gums that can bleed and cause infection.

Dentists advise that you should visit the dentist every six months. However check-ups can vary depending on the health of your teeth. In the UK 1 in 20 employees have to take time off work due to a dental problem. This equates to 1.2 million working days per year lost due to poor oral health.

It is important to brush your teeth twice a day and routinely floss in-between the teeth. Living a healthy lifestyle such as eating non-sugary foods, not smoking or drinking can all have a positive impact on our teeth.

When working full time it can be hard to book appointments to visit the dentist, many employees feel the pressure of missing work or are concerned that they may not be allowed the time off. In the UK 6 out of 10 employers allow health and wellbeing appointments to take place during the working day without loss of pay.

40% of people in the UK put off visiting the dentist due to the cost. So why get private dental insurance when you’re covered by the NHS? It’s simple – the NHS does not cover all your dental costs (as it would for medical costs), meaning you will still be expected to pay some amount for treatments.

In October 2017 awareness was made to that fact that the NHS having been charging more than 40,000 people per year fines of £100 in relation to dental appointments. The fines are automatically generated and were designed to stop fraudsters from receiving free treatments. However these fines are now affecting vulnerable and sick people who are likely to have just filled the application form out incorrectly. The NHS has accepted that there are problems and are promising changes.

One cost effective option for dental reassurance would be to have a private cash plans in place for your family or employees. With BHDL managing your scheme – and prices starting at £6.20 per month per adult you could claim back expenses on dental, optical, therapy treatments, health screening and many more products. As well as cash pay outs and health and wellbeing perks. This can benefit both private clients and corporate groups.

At BDHL we also offer our clients the best prices on dental insurance. This can help protect you against the unexpected and the untimely expenditure of dental treatments. BDHL offers advice on Private Dental policies which do offer the right solution meeting your needs and budget whilst providing you and your family with peace of mind and a perfect smile.

How often do people look back after an incident and think that they wish that there had been an alternative outcome. Don’t wait for the issue, be proactive and contact BDHL and we will assist you to cover both your family and employees for affordable dental insurance.

If you are interested in further information on how BDHL can work with you please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team. +44(0)1892 891900 or email