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20th March is World Oral Health Day

8 March, 2017

On the 20th March, over 130 countries will be involved in promoting good oral health and hygiene for World Oral Health Day. What better opportunity is there to encourage your employees to look after their oral health, minimise risk factors and maintain a good oral hygiene routine?

In a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Simplyhealth Professionals, we found that 83% of people agree that poor oral health can have a significant impact on your overall general health, while 73% agree that signs of serious diseases and illnesses can be detected in the mouth by a dentist.

We already recognise the importance of prevention through a good oral health regime, including regular dental appointments. But we also know that oral health has direct links to overall health and wellbeing. Good oral health impacts on our ability to perform basic functions, such as eating, speaking and smiling, as well as the health of our bodies.Logo

So join us in supporting World Oral Health Day and help your employees feel good about more than just their smile! Posters are available to download and hang in break out areas. Make use of the #WOHD2017 and #LiveMouthSmart on social media and for any other information, contact your Simplyhealth account manager to see how we can help maintain your employees’ excellent oral health!

The future of everyday health

16 February, 2017

Having joined forces in 2011, Simplyhealth and Denplan have moved from strength to strength remaining leaders in the cash plan and dental plan markets. Moving forward, we’ll be uniting under a single brand to give us a stronger voice, larger presence and an increased ability to support all of our customers with their everyday healthcare needs.

The union of the two brands reflects Simplyhealth’s future vision: to be the first point of call for everyday health. As always we’ll strive to provide the best possible preventive care to keep the UK healthy. Speaking at a brand launch event last night, Director of Corporate Pam Whelan said:

“It’s great to see so many valued clients and intermediaries here tonight to celebrate the coming together of two fantastic brands.We take great pride and care in building relationships with our clients and intermediaries. We’re very much looking forward to working with them this year to deliver our new brand identity.”

What does this mean for Denplan?

The Denplan name will be retained as a product offered by Simplyhealth. The products will continue to be serviced in the same way and by the same teams. Aligning the two brands will help us streamline our operations to offer a better service than ever.

Chief Executive of Simlpyhealth, Romana Abdin, said: “We have always worked with employers to help people make the most of life through better everyday health. his goes right back to our original purpose and reason for being. There are complex challenges in health and social care We all know we have an ageing population, we’re working longer and there is a rise in mental health conditions. Coming together under one brand will help us to tackle those challenges. And we’ll continue to support charities to help fulfil our purpose, by donating 10% of our profits every year.”

Please don’t hesitate to simply call your dedicated account manager if you have any questions or queries about the launch of our new brand.

Why is Dry January good for employees?

17 January, 2017

We’re now over two weeks into Dry January, and thousands of people have been alcohol free for 17 days! We understand the links between alcohol consumption and oral health, and believe that a happy mouth can lead to a happier work place. We’re encouraging as many companies to get behind employees and support them in completing Dry January.

Why is Dry January beneficial to a company? An estimated 17 million days per year are lost in productivity and absenteeism. 25% of employees drink over the NHS guidelines, a third of employees have admitted to being at work with a hangover, and 15% admit to being at work whilst drunk! A 200 employee strong organisation can lose up to £185 per employee per year in alcohol related absenteeism.

Dry January pushes towards a happier and healthier workforce, reduced absenteeism and by joining in, a company shows that it cares about employee health and wellbeing.

What could your employees expect to gain from going alcohol-free for the next two weeks? They’ll have more energy, thanks to more sleep, and more woman-hearttime thanks to no hangovers! They may notice weight loss and clearer skin. Statistics show that people who participate in Dry January have a drink less up to six months after Dry January is over, and have a healthier relationship with alcohol. Employees will have a sense of achievement once they’ve completed the challenge, not to mention the money they will have saved!

14 more days to go, good luck!

Source: http://www.ias.org.uk/uploads/pdf/Factsheets/Alcohol%20in%20the%20workplace%20factsheet%20March%202014.pdf

Denplan supports Dry January

9 January, 2017

Every January, Alcohol Concern runs a national campaign to encourage as many people as possible to go alcohol-free for 31 days. We have long understood the links between alcohol consumption and oral health and will be doing our bit in helping the nation to rethink its drinking habits.

Alcohol can have a variety of detrimental effects on oral health such as tooth staining, erosion and even tooth decay.

Check out our Twitter account which will update on oral health facts and fun ways to encourage your employees to take part.

Limit the damage alcohol does to your teeth and gums:

  • Many types of alcohol are acidic and sugary, and even more so when they’re mixed with soft drinks.
  • This can cause acid erosion on tooth enamel – the hard protective layer on your teeth – and even tooth decay.
  • Alcohol is also dehydrating and reduces saliva flow, lessening its ability to neutralise harmful acids in the mouth.
  • Combat this by drinking a glass of water between alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated.
  • If possible, drink acidic alcoholic drinks through a straw.
  • Keep track of how much you drink and make sure you’re not exceeding the daily unit guidelines.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after drinking and eating before brushing your teeth.
  • Don’t be tempted to graze on sugary junk food all day to cure a hangover, instead opt for healthier alternatives such as green tea, carrots or nuts.

Denplan sponsors Mouth Cancer Action Month

22 November, 2016

Mouth Cancer Action Month runs through November every year, and as long time campaigners for mouth cancer, the Oral Health Foundation to conducted the 2016 Mouth Cancer Action Month Survey. We’ve pulled together some of our key findings:

  •  50% of respondents said they would be concerned and would immediately stop/alter lifestyle habits if their dentist told them that this was increasing their risk of mouth cancer.
  • 6% said they would listen to their dentist MOST if they offered lifestyle advice (such as advice on diet, alcohol consumption); 78% said doctor; 8% said none of the professionals listed.
  • 79% would not proactively seek advice from their dentist about lifestyle choices and the implications on your overall oral health.
  • 25% would be interested in a dental payment plan that included insurance to cover treatment in the event of mouth cancer.

Mouth cancer rates have grown by a third in the last decade – and the disease remains one of very few cancers predicted to increase further in the coming years. It  takes the lives of more than 2,000 people each year in the UK, which is more than testicular and cervical cancer combined.

We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure, and a dentist will often will be the first professional to spot the signs of mouth cancer. As we know, early detection remains crucial for survival rates which is why regular dentist appointments are so valuable. Having employees who visit a dentist close to work, on a regular basis could decrease costly and traumatic treatments in the future, and very possibly detect mouth cancer before a potentially more serious condition develops.

To find out more about how a dental plan could improve employee wellbeing, please visit www.denplan.co.uk/companies or call 01962 828 008.

 

Source: Oral Health Foundation

 

 

Risk factors of mouth cancer

2 November, 2016

What is mouth cancer?

Mouth cancers are the most common cancers of the head and neck area. They can begin in any part of the mouth. Mouth cancer claims more lives than testicular and cervical cancers combined, and the number of cases is increasing each year. Mouth cancers can start anywhere in the mouth:

  • lips
  • front of the tongue
  • gums
  • floor and roof of the mouth
  • behind the wisdom teeth

It is likely that your dentist will be the first person to notice signs of mouth cancer. As with all cancers, early detection is key.

bluelipsToday sees the first day of Mouth Cancer Action Month (MCAM) and Denplan is delighted to once again be the main sponsor and to run our supporting Blue Lip Selfie campaign!

More than 7,500 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year in the UK. Cases of the disease have grown by a third in the last decade and it is one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years.* Early detection remains crucial for survival rates which is why regular dentist appointments are so valuable.

Risk factors

  •  Two thirds of mouth cancer cases are linked to smoking tobacco
  • A morning cigarette doubles the chances of developing the disease
  • Smokeless tobacco use can increase the risk of developing mouth cancer by 15 times
  • Drinking alcohol to excess is linked to around a third of all cases
  • Those who smoke and drink to excess put themselves at risk by up to 30 times
  • An estimated 56% of mouth cancer cancers in the UK are linked to eating fewer than five portions of fruit and vegetables per day

We’re passionate about promoting the key messages of MCAM and making a difference alongside you.

 *Source: Oral Health Foundation 2016

Show off your Blue Lip Selfie!

1 November, 2016

Our Blue Lip Selfie campaign has a fantastic response each year and it is wonderful to see so many of you put on your blue lips and show your support!  This year, we want even more of you to take part.

 

Blue Lip Selfie of the Day

Pout those blue lips and get involved! Last year, we received some brilliantly quirky, funny, and creative photos in a bid to be Blue Lip Selfie of the Day. For 2016, we’ll be running a fantastic prize draw for the campaign’s best Blue Lip Selfie of the Day – full details available at www.bluelipselfie.co.uk.

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How to get involved with Blue Lip Selfie – www.bluelipselfie.co.uk and #BlueLipSelfie

Taking part in Blue Lip Selfie is easy! Take a photo of yourself or team with blue lips and share it on social media using the campaign’s official hashtag #BlueLipSelfie. You can also directly upload a selfie to the gallery at www.bluelipselfie.co.uk and customise your photo with fun blue cartoon lips. Don’t forget to share your selfie on your own social media pages using #BlueLipSelfie!
Wearing blue lips as a visible sign of support for mouth cancer is a positive conversation starter, so why not wear blue lips around the office to raise awareness?

 

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In your selfie pack, you should find your selfie stick, some blue ‘lips on sticks’ and stickers you can have some fun with.

To get more involved, you can purchase additional materials such as plastic lips or blue lipsticks, visit the Oral Health Foundation’s shop at www.mouthcancer.org/shop.

www.bluelipselfie.co.uk

As well as the official gallery, there is an informative video on the microsite featuring case studies of people who have survived mouth cancer – all because their dentist spotted signs of the disease early.

So what are you waiting for? Show the world your perfect Blue Lip Selfie pout and be part of something huge that aims to get everybody talking about mouth cancer!