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It’s Mouth Cancer Action Month – share your #bluelipselfie

26 October, 2016

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month (MCAM) and we’re delighted to once again be the main sponsor and to run our supporting Blue Lip Selfie campaign!

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

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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.

Interested in getting involved? We’d love to have you on board! Get in touch on 01962 828 008 to request your #bluelipselfie pack!

*Source: Oral Health Foundation

Denplan wins ‘Best Dental Benefits Provider’ for the seventh year running

14 October, 2016

This morning, we’re celebrating another successful award win, after winning ‘Best Dental Benefits Provider’ for the seventh consecutive year at the 2016 Health Insurance Awards.

Held on Thursday 13 October at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the Health Insurance Awards gathered together around 900 industry leaders in the health insurance and protection industry to recognise the achievements of exceptional individuals, providers, and intermediaries across a range of categories.

At the glamorous black tie event, guests celebrated the best achievements in the industry and were treated to a champagne reception and three course meal. They were entertained throughout the evening by popular prime-time TV presenter Stephen Mulhearn.

Director of Corporate Pam Whelan, said: “We’re over the moon and extremely proud to win the award for Best Dental Benefits Provider for the 7th year in a row. The fact that these awards are won thanks to the votes from intermediaries means hia great deal to us, and we would like to thank everyone that voted again for us this year.  It’s important that we don’t get complacent so we are always looking for fresh inspiration in order to continually develop new and innovative ways to enhance our services for the employee benefit market. We are also keen to continue our success in the future and achieve an eighth award so will continue to work hard to support our much valued intermediaries and clients throughout the year.”

For more information about our range of corporate plans, please call 01962 828 008 or go to www.denplan.co.uk/companies

Stoptober: it’s not too late to start!

3 October, 2016

Smokers across the country have signed up to Stoptober 2016, a 28-day mass quit attempt from Public Health England (PHE), to receive support and encouragement every step of the way.

But do they also realise the added benefits that being smoke-free can have on their mouths?  

Oral health and a preventive approach to maintaining a healthy mouth is at the heart of what we do. Smokers are at a significantly higher risk of suffering from gum disease, tooth decay and even mouth cancer.  Regular visits to their dentist play a vital role in detecting early signs of potential problems.

And to stand an even better chance of quitting, they areQuit Smoking encouraged to sign up with their friends, family and colleagues, as evidence reveals that this type of ‘social quitting’ can dramatically improve people’s chances of successfully stopping. Smokers are 67% more likely to quit when their spouse quits smoking and 34% more likely when a colleague stops.*

So why not encourage your employees to sign up and take advantage of the support this October?

*www.gov.uk/government/news/sign-up-to-stoptober-with-friends-family-and-colleagues

 

Healthy mouth, healthy heart

29 September, 2016

Today is World Heart Day and increasingly, studies are linking oral health to general health and wellbeing, with a recent particular focus on cardiovascular diseases.

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What does the health of your mouth have to do with your overall health? In a word, plenty. A look inside your mouth can tell your dentist volumes about what’s going on inside your body.

We often take our oral health for granted, and many people don’t even think about it until pain strikes. Keeping your teeth clean isn’t just about presenting the world with a beautiful smile! The condition of your mouth is actually a gateway to the health of your entire body, with over 300 diseases detectable in the mouth. Recently, research published in the Journal of Dental Research, found that people with untreated tooth infections are 2.7 times more likely to have cardiovascular problems and as cardiovascular diseases contribute to nearly a third of all deaths globally, the Oral Health Foundation is highlighting the importance of seeing a dentist regularly.*

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Preventative dental care and the benefits it can bring to many aspects of life, are at the heart of what we do. Our Find a Dentist tool means employees have convenient access to a dentist located close to their work place, while our Denplan Discount Network means we have a network of almost 2,000 dentists offering extra discounts.

Keeping dentally fit really isn’t that difficult or expensive and it can make a huge difference in how people feel about themselves. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand, reducing the risk of serious disease in later life. The suggestion is simple: by improving our oral health, we can be less susceptible to other diseases. For more tips and information on links between oral health and general wellbeing, download our 2016 Smileguide.

To find out more about dental plans from Denplan, call us on 01962 827 008.

*http://www.dentistry.co.uk/2016/09/28/untreated-tooth-infections-increase-heart-disease-risk/

Keeping things sweet during Sugar-Free September

13 September, 2016

When you first attempt to go sugar-free it can be quite difficult to beat the sugar cravings. Sometimes this results in falling off the wagon and giving into a sugar binge, which is never a good thing.

Fizzy drinks are all too easy to consume without realising just how much sugar they contain. Did you know just one can of Coca Cola contains a whopping 35 grams or 7 teaspoons of sugar?* Your best bet here is to go cold turkey and turn to water or unsweetened tea, but if you want something a bit more exciting, try opting for fizzy water with a glug of fruit juice, or soda water with lime.

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Sugary treats are sometimes unavoidable in the workplace, especially with so many birthdays to celebrate. Check out our sugar-free muffin recipe which is made with Xylitol, a much better sugar substitute with great dental benefits. If you like to start the day with a bowl of sugar loaded cereal, you’ll find you stay full longer with a bowl of porridge topped with mixed berries.

For more ideas on swapping your favourite sugary treats for tasty snacks that don’t taste like cardboard, check out our sugar-free swaps fact sheet.

*source: http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/faq/how-much-sugar-is-in-coca-cola

Is Britain brewing up a work-force with poor oral health?

7 September, 2016

New research reveals the damage that the workplace tea round could be having on our oral health.

Workplace tea rounds could be a hidden health hazard as new research has revealed that one in 10 Brits are adding a spoonful of sugar to their tea at least three times a day, putting both their oral health and general wellbeing at risk[1].

According to the research we recently carried out,  11% of sweet-toothed Brits believe the root cause of their excess sugar consumption is the temptation of the humble tea round. One in 10 (9%) people surveyed admit that they drink tea with sugar at least three times a day and a further 8% admit to drinking at least three daily coffees sweetened with sugar.

Even those who believe they’re going for the healthy option could be misunderstood, as one in five don’t think that fruit smoothies contained any sugar, despite recent research showing that smoothies stocked by major supermarkets contain over five teaspoons of the sweet ingredient[2].

Those that tuck into a tea time treat with their cuppa are particularly vulnerable to exceeding the recommend daily allowance (RDA) of sugar. Over a fifth (22%) consider sugar laden office biscuits responsible for their consumption of added sugar, with a further 19% admitting that they knowingly consume sugar by snacking throughout the working day.

3pm appears to be a heightened time for sugar sinning, with 17% of people admitting that this is when they give into cravings for sweet stuff. Post-work drinks are also contributing to the problem. Almost a third of people surveyed don’t realise their post-work pint or glass of wine contains sugar, yet, one in 10 say that they drink these twice week
ly. A further 48% are unaware that spirits are sugary.

Worried about the lack of knowledge surrounding sugar consumption, we are are urging you and your fellow employees to go sugar free for 30 days by taking part in our Sugar-Free September campaign.

[1] Onepoll survey of 2,000 participants conducted in February 2016

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/23/fruit-juices-smoothies-contain-unacceptably-high-levels-sugar

Sugar-Free September, 2 days to go

30 August, 2016

This Thursday marks the beginning of Denplan’s Sugar-Free September and there’s just no sugar-coating it ― as a nation we consume far more sugar than advised and it’s having a huge impact on our oral and overall health. So we’re encouraging you and your employees to join us in going sugar-free this September.

From a dental perspective, it’s worth noting that it’s how often you eat sugar throughout the day that causes tooth decay, rather than how much. With that in mind, we wonder how much sugar employees are consuming as part of their office tea rounds, and how much do they know about sugar alternatives?

We conducted some research and here were our key findings:

  • 1 in 10 Brits are adding a spoonful of sugar to their tea at least three times a day, putting both their oral health and general wellbeing at risk[1].
  • 1 in 5 Brits don’t think that fruit smoothies contained any sugar, despite recent research showing that smoothies stocked by major supermarkets contain over five teaspoons of the sweet ingredient[2]
  • Over a fifth (22%) consider sugar laden office biscuits responsible for their Sugar-Free-September-Logo-Final-08-15consumption of added sugar1.
  • 3pm appears to be a heightened time for sugar sinning, with 17% of people admitting that this is when they give into cravings for sweet stuff1.

The lack of knowledge surrounding sugar consumption is worrying, so we’re urging employees to visit our Sugar-Free September site, http://www.sugar-free-september.co.uk, designed to encourage and support transitioning to a sugar-free lifestyle. Encourage your employees by holding a sugar-free bake sale, or hold a competition for Best Sugar-Free recipe. Awareness is key, so download your posters today!

[1] Onepoll survey of 2,000 participants conducted in February 2016

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/23/fruit-juices-smoothies-contain-unacceptably-high-levels-sugar