From 1989 to 1999 more people visited
but those with private dental insurance
fell from 40% to 35%.
(SOURCE: Journal of the American Dental Association--2003)
The number of people seeking dental care
is rising but the percentage with dental insurance is
declining. The good news is that more people understand
the value of keeping their teeth, even if they have
to pay for all of the treatment themselves. The bad
news is that many people are losing benefits they once
had. One reason for a decline in dental insurance benefits
is that many lack an understanding of how the dental
condition can impact general health. Companies need
to understand that workers miss millions of work days
each year due just to dental pain problems. Preventive
dentistry can help reduce worker absence.
Research shows that people who routinely
have professional cleanings and examinations, keep more
of their teeth and keep them longer. Routine dental
visits every 2-6 months are just as important as home
care and fluoride efforts to keep teeth for a lifetime.
Research also shows those with more teeth and better
tooth function are healthier. Ask your boss to consider
supplying dental insurance with good benefits for preventive
dental office visits at the dentist of your choice.
If you do not have dental insurance benefits, put some
of your own time and money into your smile. It might
help you live healthier, happier and longer.
David C. Page, D.D.S.
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 108)