Do you want to retain more of your staff and cut down on turnover? According to the most recent results, one successful way to do so is to provide them with high-quality community dental coverage. Dental benefits are clearly significant to Americans. In 2006, Taylor-Nelson-Sores Inters arch published research that revealed how important dental benefits are to workers. According to the report, when seeking a new career, 78 percent of workers consider dental benefits to be “very important” or “somewhat important.” Furthermore, according to the Employee Benefits Trend Study for 2002, 77 percent of surveyed employers provided dental coverage to their workers, while the National Association of Dental Plans estimates that 65 percent of the US population has dental coverage. To learn more about the Dental Group of Lubbock
As emerging technologies and techniques (bonding, for example, has increasingly replaced metal fillings) and Americans have become more knowledgeable about their teeth, there is a greater demand for preventive and cosmetic services across all generations. Oral health has advanced from just feeling healthy to also looking good (as demonstrated by the increase of cosmetic services such as teeth whitening). Early identification and treatment of oral health issues (when intervention is minimal) are critical for improving and maintaining optimal oral health and, as a result, lowering long-term direct dental care costs.
Supply is shrinking at the same time as demand is growing. According to the American Dental Association, the number of dental school graduates has been decreasing since 1985, and by 2020, the number of dentists per 100,000 people will have decreased by 7% to less than 51 percent, down from 54.4 percent now.Furthermore, since the average dentist is over 50, and dentists tend to work fewer hours as they age, “available chair hours” are declining. Because of the dentist’s advantage in the supply and demand equation, dental benefits carriers and managers must be creative in recruiting and keeping practitioners in their networks.