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Reduce Lost Hours

Investing in employee health by offering dental coverage and other health benefits allows small businesses to improve employee productivity.

  • More than 164 million work hours are lost annually because of dental problems.1
  • More than 51 million school hours are missed each year due to dental-related illness. (When kids miss school, parents miss work.)1
  • More than $6 billion of productivity is lost each year because people miss work to treat dental issues.2
  • Dental problems are painful, which can affect an employee’s concentration and focus.
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Reduce Overall Benefit Costs

Small business owners who invest in their employees’ oral health by offering dental insurance plans that promote preventive oral health may actually keep healthcare costs down. Here’s why:

  • Oral health is connected to overall health.
  • Employees with dental benefits are more likely to seek preventive dental care.3
  • Regular dental exams may discover health issues early, which can help save on medical costs in the future.
  • Every $1 spent on preventive dental care saves $8 to $50 in restorative care.4
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Recruiting Talent

The competition for top talent is fierce. By offering group dental insurance, small businesses can better compete with larger companies to attract the best and most qualified employees.

  • 88% of job seekers say they would give better health, dental and vision insurance options some or heavy consideration when choosing between employers, even if the pay is lower.5
  • Graduating students and alumni rate dental coverage among the top 5 most important workplace benefits.6
  • Companies competing for talent offer dental: 3 out of 4 workers say their employer offers dental insurance as part of their benefits package.7
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Retain Talent

Your current employees want dental benefits. In fact, dental insurance is consistently cited as one of the most sought-after employee benefits, and small employers that offer dental benefits typically experience high employee satisfaction.

  • 2/3 of workers say dental benefits are very or extremely important.8
  • Dental insurance is the third most requested benefit after major medical insurance and retirement benefits.9
  • Nearly 80% of employees participate in benefit programs if dental care is part of the program.8
  • Dental insurance is a relatively low-cost perk for small businesses to offer as part of a well-rounded benefits package.
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Success Stories

"More and more prospective new hires come in specifically asking what our benefit package is. When I mention that we have Delta Dental, they light up and smile. They know that it's a really good benefit to have."

Kendra Buscho, Operations Manager
Member since 2007
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1. US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and National Institutes of Health, Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General-- Executive Summary, 2000.

2. Centers for Disease Control,

3. National Association of Dental Plans, The Haves and the Have-nots: Consumers With and Without Dental Benefits, 2009.

4. American Dental Hygienists’ Association, “Access to Care Position Paper,” 2001.

5. Harvard Business Review, “The Most Desirable Employee Benefits,” 2017.

6. National Association of Colleges and Employers, Graduating Student & Alumni Survey, 2006.

7. Employee Benefits Research Institute,

8. Employee Benefits Research Institute,

9. LIMRA, 2009.