Companies refusing time off for dental appointments

Simplyhealth's Annual Dental Survey 2012 has revealed that one of the reasons people don't go to the dentist more frequently is because they can't get the time off work.

The survey of 11,785 British adults found that of those who gave a reason as to why they don't go to the dentist more often 9% said they couldn't get time off from work. This suggests employers could be preventing their employees from caring for their teeth properly which could potentially mean that they have to take more time off in the future to treat dental problems.

James Glover, spokesperson for Simplyhealth says: "We would encourage companies to ensure that employees are able to attend health appointments. It's important that people visit their dentist on a regular basis to maintain good oral health. It's not simply a case of treating immediate problems, preventative dental care can save money in the long term and help to identify if there are more serious problems like mouth cancer."

Health cash plans can help staff to manage the costs of their everyday healthcare, such as visits to the dentist and the optician, as well as trips to the physiotherapist and chiropractor. Starting from as little as £1 per employee per week, employees can claim cash back towards the cost of check-ups and treatment up to an annual limit. This can help them to budget for routine appointments and ensure they attend regular check-ups.

Simplyhealth provides cash plans, dental plans, self funded health plans and private medical insurance to 20,000 companies in the UK. Our plans can help recruit and retain staff, manage absence and help employers fulfill their duty of care needs. For further information about Simplyhealth please visit or call 0845 075 0063.


Notes to Editor
- A copy of Simplyhealth's Annual Dental Survey 2012 as well as interviews with Michael Thomas, case studies and a spokesperson from Simplyhealth are available upon request
- All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 11785 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 16 - 23 March 2012. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct. Based around principles of data protection legislation and research ethics, the MRS code has the confidence of the business community, government and regulators

About Simplyhealth:
- We became Simplyhealth in 2009 after bringing together HSA, BCWA, LHF, HealthSure, Totally Active, our family of health companies have joined together over the last ten years to form Simplyhealth
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