STATE OF DENTAL IN AMERICA
Dental insurance is often a major concern for most individuals, especially finding quality insurance that is affordable. Research estimates that the number of Americans without dental coverage is 126,652 million.
The numbers are alarming as 40% of the U.S. population is without coverage. Those without insurance are more likely to suffer from health factors including osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and more.
In honor of March’s National Reading Month, we want to do our part to help create brighter futures for children and have dedicated our efforts this year toward improving their oral health and literacy with our 2X2+20 program. This program praises kids to brush their teeth twice a day, two minutes each time and to read (or be read to) for 20 minutes each day. Research shows that oral health problems cause students to miss 51 million school hours per year¹. Students who are absent miss critical instruction time, especially in early grades where reading
DENTISTS ARE DISEASE DETECTIVES
Brokers are always looking for ways to increase value and help employer groups manage a healthy workforce. Dentists are disease detectives, as they can spot more than 120 signs and symptoms of non-dental diseases through a routine oral exam². Plus, more than 90 percent of systemic diseases have oral manifestationsᵌ. During routine checkups, dentists not only look for cavities and gum disease, but also monitor symptoms like breath odor, unexplained sores, and tooth erosion. If certain signs are detected, dentists can
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Renaissance Dental strives to give everyone the opportunity to have coverage, and that is why our affordable and flexible plans provide quality dental coverage at a great price.
The solutions that Renaissance currently offers include group and individual plans in dental, vision, and most recently, life and disability coverage. Members may receive dental services from any licensed dentist of their choosing. However, clients will stretch their benefit dollars even further when obtaining services from a participating PPO network dentist. The Renaissance Dental PPO network combines leading national and regional PPO networks to offer maximum choice and value. Search for a participating dentist at RenaissanceDental.com/FindADentist. With Renaissance’s innovative plan designs, we plan to limit the dental mistreatment that affects so many individuals without insurance.
¹ Office of the Surgeon General. "National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health." 24 June 2011. http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/oralhealth/nationalcalltoaction.html
urge patients to seek medical attention to help better manage their oral health and overall health. The fact that a dentist can detect diseases with a simple oral health check-up and that more individuals are moving towards voluntary benefits, make dental benefits an easy up-sell.
Recent research shows, “More than three in ten are considering changes that are voluntary in nature and 17
percent are very likely or likely to move certain benefits to voluntary. Those include vision coverage, dental
insurance, disability insurance (both STD and LTD) and life insurance.”⁴ Since Renaissance covers all of these solutions, it is a one-stop shop for these essential ancillary lines of coverage. Next time you are wondering how you can improve a healthy workforce with additional benefits, remember that dentists are at the forefront of saving lives.
skills are a main focus. Investing 24 minutes every 24 hours will allow children to develop good oral health habits and reading skills, which is why we emphasis the connection between school success and oral health.
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General—Executive Summary. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000.
2 Little, James W., Falace, Donald A., Miller, Craig S., & Rhodus, Nelson L. (2008). Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.
3 Steven L. Bricker, 3 Dental Care and Oral Health Information You Need, Academy of General Dentistry,www.knowyourteeth.com/print/
4 Lowerre, G.& Brazzell, B. (2015). Is PPACA pushing voluntary sales? http://www.benefitspro.com/2015/02/17/is-ppaca-pushing-voluntary-sales