September 16, 202
By Lauren Bailey
When workplace dental plans are designed to promote employees’ proactive oral health, it can reduce overall benefits plan expenditures, including the cost of medications.
Forty per cent of adults are at high risk of poor oral health, including adults with special needs, people with type 2 diabetes, the elderly or frail and those with mental-health disorders, says Ross Perry, chief executive officer of CHX Technologies Inc., noting periodontal inflammation in the general population is typically around 60 per cent. Next to hypertension, gum inflammation is the most prevalent disease, yet it isn’t addressed by a typical dental plan, he adds.