Vision and dental benefits can be harnessed to play a larger role in employee health than the sum of their parts. That’s due in part to the fact that many people find visiting a medical doctor intimidating, but have no qualms about having an eye exam or dental check-up and cleaning.

“The mouth is the gateway to the body,” dentist Michael D. Weitzner reminded a webinar audience recently. As a result, basic oral exams performed by dental professionals can lead to detection and treatment of several non-dental conditions, he added.

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