Dental Care at the Workplace
Dental care is one of WHO goals for general wellbeing and health, and it influences the quality of life. The WHO 2017 Oral health Strategic Framework states that approximately 1 in 5 people in all age groups have untreated dental caries. The statistics are even worse worldwide, with more than 1 in 3 people living with untreated decay in their permanent teeth.
Poor oral health is associated with increased bacterial systemic exposure and increased inflammatory factors that can lead to adverse health outcomes such as uncontrolled diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease.”
Pain caused by tooth decay may result in missed days at school and work and diminished performance. Poor appearance, resulting from dental problems, can contribute to social isolation, lower wages, and loss of self-esteem.
In addition, the consequences of poor oral health have a negative influence on children’s speech, growth and function, and social development. Missing teeth, pain, and infection from oral diseases can limp food choices and worsen nutrition.
In Kenya, we have found that less than 20 percent of working-class adults in urban areas have ever been to the dentist, and far fewer attend regular dental check-ups. This is of great significance to the general health in older adults from age 35. Losing one’s teeth early can have a devastating effect on one’s general health at a later age.
Gum Disease Has Become a Serious Matter
Gum disease is the latest hot rod indicator of many major life-threatening illnesses. We can fairly predict the likelihood of a patient having or developing one of the following illnesses based on the state of their gums:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Erectile Dysfunction
Regular Dental Checkups are Vital
- The dentist has become an essential first responder in general health care diagnosis and management
- Every adult person ought to see their dentist at least once a year
- We as dentists have become very relevant in helping patients avoid serious medical conditions by taking care of their teeth and gums and improving the general wellbeing of the workforce
- During routine dental checkups, we also detect signs of other diseases which show up in the mouth before affecting the body. We refer such patients to their medical doctors for care.
Employees report that they find it difficult to get time to see the dentist and employers count the time lost when staff leave work to visit the dentist
In our experience, employees have to confine their visits to the dentist to their leave periods or weekends often, family responsibilities take precedence over the dentist
Gentle Dental Cale in association with our Oral Care Partners, wish to undertake free dental checkups with diagnostic reports on your staff members at the workplace. This will be done in the spirit of shared value, taking our position as anchor dental care providers in Kenya, to give back towards improved oral health
in the country.
This exciting exercise will ensure that employees are fully aware of their dental status and are able to have dental treatment at facilities of their choice using our reports
We intend to provide every staff member with a digital report or our findings and full intraoral photographs of their gums and teeth, along with requested provisional diagnosis and recommended treatment.
We wish to transform dental care in the workplace, by giving staff what they need to keep their mouths healthy.