October 10, 2014
by Kahaliah Richards
The saying goes “anything catching on in California, comes to Canada sooner or later”.
That is just one reason we should pay attention to the Great American Wellness Experiment, most recently described by the Wall Street Journal.
Let me summarize some of its key developments, because there are some real lessons and implications for Canadian dentistry:
Notably, amongst the chronic diseases driving the health benefit costs of Canadian employers, dental decay ranks in the top 3 in terms of total costs and growth rate.
Like other chronic diseases, it is stimulated by health-risk behaviour which is hard to change.
But dental decay, at its origins, is a bacterial infection. So, unlike some other chronic diseases, it has a clear pathway to modification.
And you can bet that American employers and Canadian employers are interested in that.
By: Ross Perry
SOURCED: Partners In Prevention – http://partnersinprevention.ca/the-great-american-wellness-experiment/