Brush up on dental health


  • 1,000,000 days of work lost per year to Oral Disease in Australia
  • $2,000,000,000 lost in direct costs and productivity per annum
  • Adults with health insurance are up to 25% more likely to have seen the dentist in the past year.

The second week of August is Dental Health Week. And, by gum, there’s no better time to brush up on all things teeth. To help your people drill down to the facts, don’t put a plaque on the wall, just send them our article full of bite-sized facts.

Did you know that in Australia Oral Disease causes an estimated loss of 1,000,000 days of work per year?

This costs the economy around $2,000,000,000 a year in direct costs and lost productivity. One of the key reasons given for not having a regular check-up is cost. However, adults with health insurance are up to 25 percent more likely to have seen their dentist in the past year, compared to those without. You can work with Bupa to offer quality corporate health insurance cover to your people. Bupa members can receive between at least 60% to 100% back on most dental services at Members First providers, up to their yearly limits.* So, please share this article with your team and encourage them to think about their teeth more than once a year. If it helps fill one knowledge cavity, that’s a fairy good result. For more information on dental health week visit

*For most items covering dental at our Members First providers. Fund and policy rules and waiting periods apply. ‘No out of pocket expenses’ applies unless the benefit from your cover is less than 60% of the Bupa Members First agreed fee. The benefit may exceed this value and will be accepted as full payment. Patient is responsible for any outstanding amount yet to be paid to the practice at the time of appointment.


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the University of Adelaide. Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures [Online] 2015 [Accessed Jul 2016] Available from:

Menzies Centre for Health Policy. Dental and oral health: policy issue paper [Online] 2007 [Accessed Jul 2016] Available from: