How does My SmileGuide work for Health Insurance Providers and Wellness Programs?
Poor oral hygiene is known to significantly impact overall health and wellness and can become the most prevalent chronic illness across an individual’s lifespan. Good dental hygiene requires daily attention. Effectively tracking oral health habits provides reliable data to foster prevention and improve general health.
Ensuring good oral health for people of all ages can reduce the development and severity of common chronic health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory illness resulting in lower healthcare costs.
My SmileGuide is a library of questions and answers assessing oral and general health. Each member is assessed according to their age and gender. When the member's age and gender are entered into the program, a customized set of questions is presented in an online Oral Health Risk Questionnaire. Based on their answers, members receive clear, personalized health guidance. A report specific to their risk assessment is generated and stored in their Personal Health Folder.
My SmileGuide follows up with members by email inviting them to return to the site and repeat their oral health assessments. The timing of the follow-up email depends on the member's most recent health assessment “Smile Score”:
- 0 to 33: 3-month follow-up
- 34 to 66: 6-month follow-up
- 66 to 100:12-month follow-up
My SmileGuide also provides an age-specific Dental Visit Checklist for members to print and bring to their next dental appointment. The dentist answers a set of yes/no questions that the member enters into the My SmileGuide interface. A set of oral health recommendations is generated specific to the dental visit. This Dental Visit Checklist Report is placed in the member’s Personal Health Folder, where all member oral health information is securely stored and managed.
My SmileGuide members receive alerts to help them achieve their age-specific dental visit goals. This interactive relationship continues throughout the member’s (i.e. insured) lifespan. Alerts to health professionals, case managers, and human resource directors can also be programmed into My SmileGuide.