ROANOKE, Va., June 26 Shenandoah Life Insurance Companyhas enhanced its DentaStar dental product to allow up to two periodontalmaintenance procedures and two cleanings per year.
Preventive dental care is an important wellness benefit for employees andtheir families. Recent studies show that poor oral care can lead to toothdecay and gum disease. In fact, the National Institute of Dental andCraniofacial Research found that nearly 80 percent of Americans have some formof periodontal disease. Proper oral care, including routine dental exams andcleanings, plays an important role in keeping the mouth healthy.
"We believe that expanding our dental coverage is fundamental to ourcommitment to oral health and to ensuring the best coverage for employees andtheir families," said Cynthia Light, Vice President of Marketing and Sales forShenandoah Life Insurance Company.
Poor oral care can also have an effect on employees' productivity.According to the Center for Disease Control, employed adults lose more than164 million hours of work each year due to oral health problems or dentalvisits.
Employers can offer DentaStar as an integrated part of their benefits planor on a strictly voluntary basis. In addition to its enhanced dental plan,Shenandoah Life offers a full line of group insurance products includingvision, life, and long term and short term disability. Products are availableto employers of all sizes, from two lives plus.
Shenandoah Life Insurance Company, headquartered in Roanoke, Va. is amutual life insurance company with more than $1.9 billion in assets and $15billion of insurance in force (source: 2007 audited annual financialstatements). The company was founded in 1914 and operates in 31 states andthe District of Columbia.
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