A new survey has revealed that more than half of employees would attend six monthly dental checks if they had financial help towards dental care.
In a poll carried out by Monroe Sutton, 57 percent of respondents said they would go to the dentist every six months if financial help towards dental care was provided as part of the employee package. 45 percent of people also said they would go to the dentist more frequently if treatment costs were covered.
Monroe Sutton sent 1,000 employees a copy of the ‘Dental Benefits 2016: What employees want and how employers can help’. The findings suggested that 64 percent of employers do not include dental care as part of their employee benefits package, despite the fact that 65 percent of employees would be willing to contribute to a dental scheme. More than 70 percent of people said they would be willing to pay up to £20 per month for a plan that covered dental treatment for their family, including cosmetic dental services and child orthodontic care.
More than two thirds of respondents had visited a dentist in the previous 12 months, and 32 percent said they were happy with the condition of their teeth.
Head of business development at Monroe Sutton, Robert Malvasi, said it’s clear from the survey that many employees would be willing to contribute to a dental plan. This could be mutually beneficial for employees and employers, as the British Dental Association estimated an annual cost of £32 million for businesses as a result of employees taking time off work for dental problems.
From seeing the spooky forceps and needles to even smelling dental compounds, 5-8% of patients refuse to seek dental care all together and 20% of patients will only go to the dentist when necessary.
I think I have odontophobia. What can I do to prevent panic during visits?
Easier said than done - practice positive self-talk! Tell yourself “YOU CAN DO IT!”
Make sure to remind yourself “everything WILL be okay.” Your dentist is a professional and is someone you can trust.
Don’t be nervous - speak up to your dentist. Let him/her know when you’re having a rough time. Listening to your concerns face-to-face helps both sides - you and your dentist. Your dentist can help make an ideal and reasonable commitment that makes you feel comfortable because dental health is SO important! Knowledge is power!
Download your favorite podcast, album, or playlist before heading to the office. Distract your thoughts and link the experience to something you ENJOY.
Don’t forget headphones! Your dentist will not be upset if you put your headphones in to distract your thoughts.
Take deep breaths! Think about pleasant experiences in your life to stay calm.
Here at Fabulous Smiles, we have a therapy dog named Bailey that will ease any panic you might have.
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