Dental cover for adults

Now that you are an adult, your teeth have been through the ringer. Years of chomping down on hard sweets and perhaps some other bad habits like smoking, drinking fizzy drinks and forgetting to brush before bed have taken its toll, leaving you in need of desperate, professional assistance.

But as most adults may know, everything is expensive. Private dental care can rake up bills within the thousands. The older you get, the more you realise that having medical cover and essential dental cover is a not just a need, it’s a priority.

Cost

A major factor in finding a dental insurer as an adult is the fact that dental intervention can be pricey. Having a dental insurance like Affinity Dental can save you tons of money in the long run, for a small monthly premium.

The three plans available on Affinity Dental start from as little as R189 a month with the Silver Plan. This plan will cover basic dentistry needs.

It includes Full Mouth Examination or Scale and Polish, Intraoral, Radiographs, Emergency Examination, Infection Control, Extractions, Fillings and Specialist Dentistry.

The Gold Plan offers the same as the silver plan, with a few extras.

Full Mouth Examination or Scale and Polish, Intraoral Radiographs, Emergency Examination, Infection Control, Extractions, Fillings, Root Canal treatment, Impaction, Crowns and also Specialist Dentistry.

The most extensive cover can be expected from the Platinum plan, which costs members around R389 a month.

Members can expect everything that the Gold Plan offers, with an added budget for a fuller cover.

Pregnancy

Adult women will definitely benefit from dental insurance during pregnancy. As the teeth tend to suffer in the earlier months of gestation. During pregnancy, your increased hormones can affect your body’s response to plaque (the layer of germs on your teeth), Better Health explains.

However, you won’t necessarily lose a tooth with each pregnancy, no matter how old that myth is. You merely need to up the amount of calcium and iron in your diet, as well as take proper supplements.

The scary part is that if you do develop Dental disease during gestation, it can affect a developing baby and can put both the mother and child at risk.

Research confirmed a link between gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth with low birth weight as well as an increased risk in the baby developing conditions like cerebral palsy among others.

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