Want to prevent heart disease in your workplace? It starts with a healthy smile. Studies have shown that gum disease can lead to increased risk of heart disease.* Dental hygiene, which includes flossing, brushing, and rinsing on a daily basis are essential. Semi-annual cleanings at your dentist’s office are also vitally important in the prevention of gum disease to reduce plaque that can build up on the gums and get into the blood stream. Once in the bloodstream the germs can travel to the heart and increase the risk of heart disease.
October is National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a great time to promote your dental benefits that are available to your workforce. Preventive cleanings are usually covered at 100% for most carriers and your employees should be using this benefit.
Promoting dental hygiene to your employees is important. There is a great free poster available for downloading from the American Dental Hygienists Association. You can access this at the link below:
If you have any questions or would like assistance in promoting the importance of dental hygiene, please feel free to contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*American Academy of Periodontology. Gum Disease and Heart Disease.