The estimated cost of dental healthcare in the EU is €80 billion. In Ireland, 83% of dental costs are paid out of pocket and covered privately by the individual. To compound matters, costs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have risen at dental practices. Apart from tooth loss and gum health, more than 120 diseases can be identified and diagnosed by markers present in the mouth, including coronary heart disease, diabetes and oral cancers, while loss of teeth can be linked to depression. This makes dental care a vital component of overall health and wellbeing.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have highlighted that our world is an unequal one. As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. This is due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Throughout the world, some do struggle to make ends meet which in turn, leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness and premature death, as well as harming our economy and society.
With 2020’s global pandemic, workplace wellness saw many challenges. Companies and organisations had to move and adapt quickly to form a remote support network and wellness adapted to an online format to support staff’s overall mental health and wellbeing.
The WFH (Working from Home) lifestyle has very much taken a hold on many of us here in Ireland for the past 11 months and having such easy access to a fridge and a cupboard full of treats not only affects your waistline, but ‘constant snacking’ can also increase your risk of tooth decay.
Remote working has adapted very quickly since the start of this global pandemic. Culturally in a more traditional time, many people would have gone to the workplace and left the human being outside on the doorstep. They would have brought that work component and left family and social elements outside. Remote working has given us the opportunity to see people in their raw environments.
The Human Connection when we break it down really links to a sense of love and belonging. Love and Belonging are essential to the human experience. Love and belonging are key over the next few weeks as we yet again navigate a new normal way of life. As we move into uncertain times this January and with more restrictions its important, we stay connected.
We successfully got through the first week of January, however the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has left many people struggling with their mental health. As we are currently in the midst of Lockdown 3.0, it is now more important than ever to keep the spirits up & concentrate on mind and body, and remind yourself that better days are coming and we will get through this.