Women’s Health and Wellness: Dental Tips Booklets Help Employers with Disease Management and Health Care Costs
Useful dental information makes it easier for women to achieve optimal health while helping employers manage costs associated with weight management, diabetes, heart disease, and pre-term births
Mar 22, 2007 --
Philadelphia, PA / March 22, 2007 — OraMedica International, LLC, a leading provider of dental-systemic health and wellness education, announced a new dental information health tips booklet, “Take a Holistic Bite Out of Dentistry for Women,” designed to raise awareness and improve the health of women in the workplace.
“Dental conditions have more to do with overall health than most people are aware of,” says Dr. Andrea Brockman, president of OraMedica, as well as a dentist and former coronary care nurse. “For instance, employers recognize that obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, and take positive steps to encourage better food choices and physical activity.”
However, food choices, digestion, and absorption of nutrients are greatly affected by chewing, which can be hindered by tooth or jaw pain, mouth infections, missing teeth, or dry mouth.
And weight management is not the only condition affected by dental health. Research shows that gum disease is a major risk factor in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and premature or underweight births. In fact, the U.S. government now classifies periodontal disease as a greater risk to the development of heart disease and stroke than high cholesterol. Considering that statistics now reveal that women have a greater chance of developing heart disease than ever before, oral health awareness is not only prudent, it can be lifesaving.
This dental tips booklet is not only useful as a woman’s health benefit, but it also serves as unbiased health education from a trusted source. According a survey released by J.D. Power and Associates, only 2% of employees have confidence in the health information their employers offer, compared to a whopping 70% of employees who trust the health advice of their primary care doctor.
Dr. Vincent DiLorenzo, OraMedica’s chief executive, surmises that, “Although questions regarding dental advice were not part of this survey, useful health information, written by a health-conscious dentist to help women make smarter and cost-effective dental decisions, can only help to build trust for the messenger: the employer.”
In addition to their own health issues, and being the primary consumers of healthcare, women have the added responsibility of pregnancy, childcare and eldercare. The practical, health enhancing information found in “Take a Holistic Bite Out of Dentistry for Women” is designed to reduce the number of sick days for women when incorporated into routines for themselves, as well as for dependants.
"Making sure that our dental health tips booklets, part of the HealthyGates Consumer Dental Wellness program, integrate with and support total health is what responsible and holistic healthcare is all about," adds Dr. Brockman. After 25 years of taking care of the dental needs of patients with chronic health problems, she feels strongly that companies who sponsor fitness, nutrition, and stress management programs to lower health care costs can expect even greater savings and a healthier workforce when a wellness program that has teeth in it is initiated.
For more information on the benefits of a dental wellness initiative, download the whitepaper, “Reining in Runaway Healthcare Costs.”
About OraMedica International, LLC
OraMedica International, LLC (www.oramedica.com) is a dental health and wellness company that provides dental advocacy educational products and a consumer-membership website, interactive dental health risk assessments, and insurance strategies for businesses, organizations, and insurance companies to lower health care costs and increase productivity in the workplace. Employers are offered a health cost-containing risk-lowering dental benefit that is a critical yet missing component to most corporate health and wellness initiatives.
Dr. Vincent DiLorenzo
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