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Advantages of Vision and Dental Coverage

Vision and Dental Coverage Can Keep Your Employees Healthier and Happier on the Job

Dental_Vision_Advantages.jpgThe health of your business depends on the health of your employees. Providing vision and dental coverage can result in healthier and happier employees.

The Clear Advantages of Vision Coverage

Vision coverage is a vital part of a benefit package for keeping a strong workforce, which means a better bottom line for you. In fact, employers gain as much as $7 for every dollar spent on vision coverage.1 Uncorrected vision problems can reduce employee productivity by up to 20 percent1 – that’s one day per workweek.

More important, routine eye exams are vital to detecting eye diseases such as glaucoma and early signs of other serious health problems such as diabetes and hypertension. Many people without vision coverage will avoid expenses by not getting these important eye exams compared to 61 percent of people with vision coverage who do get an annual eye exam.2

Overall Health Benefits from Dental Coverage

Dental exams can help detect serious illness, such as periodontal disease, as well as signs of other serious oral and systemic medical conditions. Studies have shown links between periodontal disease and life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, and low birth weight for babies.3

Regular dental checkups can help keep your workforce stronger, healthier, and more productive. Workers lose 164 million work hours each year because of dental disease.4 Healthier employees help your bottom line, especially since 77 percent of people with dental coverage report having a dental checkup in the past year.5 

Dental and Vision Coverage: A Solid Return on Investment

Your employees are the most important asset in your company. Offering a health benefit package with vision and dental coverage helps you attract and keep good employees, as these are among the most requested and used employee health benefits.

From basic to comprehensive coverage, Blue Shield has you covered for vision and dental services. Our portfolio lets you choose the plan that best suits your group’s needs and budget.

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Learn more about how Blue Shield plans can help complete your health benefits offering by downloading the Dental, Vision and Life Flyer.


1 “Vision in Business Report,” Vision Council of America, July 2007

2 Consumer Vision Care Study, Synovate, 2007

3 Romero, B.C., Chiquito, C.S., Elejalde, L.E., Bernardoni, C.B. “Relationship Between Periodonatal Disease in Pregnant Women and the Nutritional Condition of their Newborns.” Journal of Periodontology. 2002; 73 (11): 77-1183

4 Bertolami, C.N. “Health Care Reform Must Include Dental Care.” Roll Call, Inc. April 23, 2009

5 “The Haves and the Have-nots: Consumers With and Without Dental benefits 2009,” National Association of Dental Plans, Inc., February 2009