Association Between Employee Dental Claims, Health Risks, Workplace Productivity, and Preventive Services Compliance

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Abstract

Objective:

This study examined differences in health risks and workplace outcomes among employees who utilized preventive dental services compared with other employees.

Methods:

A retrospective observational study of employees of a large financial services corporation, with data from health risk appraisal questionnaires, medical claims, pharmacy claims, and dental claims.

Results:

Employees with no dental claims were significantly more likely to have a variety of health risk factors (such as obesity and tobacco use), health conditions (such as diabetes), absenteeism, and lost on-the-job productivity, and were significantly less likely to be compliant with clinical preventive services compared with those with preventive dental claims.

Conclusions:

Employees with preventive dental claims had fewer health risks and medical conditions and better health and productivity measures. Study employees underutilized free dental care; employers should incorporate preventive dental care awareness into their worksite wellness programs.

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