Dental cover is imperative in keeping up the health of your teeth, gums and your overall health. Mouths are constantly moist, and this can be a breeding place for all kinds of germs and diseases. Having proper care in place, especially in times where you may not have oodles of cash at hand, can be a saving grace.
Plaque contains millions of bacteria, made up of 200 to 300 different strains, explains Healthline. In fact, the mouth is home to 300 types of bacteria, which is pretty gross if not cleaned regularly. Brushing and flossing daily are not always enough to tackle deeper issues in the mouth. Dentists advise having a professional cleaning at least once a year.
Streptococcus mutans is one of the most common, dangerous bacteria in the mouth. It converts sugar and other carbohydrates into the acids that eat away at your teeth enamel, causing cavities and resulting in the loss of teeth.
Plaque can destroy enamel
Plaque is the residue that builds up on your teeth, and which can become tartar over long periods of time. Tartar needs to be removed by an expert, or it can wreak havoc on your pearly whites.
Tartar is also known as calculus. It is what happens when the minerals in your spittle mix with old plaque. Besides eating through your tooth enamel, tartar causes bad breath, promotes gum disease and if left untreated can make you very, very sick.
The American Dental Association (ADA) warns that plaque can harden into tartar in a matter of hours. This is why it is imperative that you brush and floss every day. The less build-up of plaque, the less your chances of developing tartar will be.
Tartar can, however, develop in hard-to-reach places like behind the molars, so having a professional clean your teeth every six months will help you get ahead of the build-up back there.
Without regular, deep cleansing of the teeth and mouth, gum disease is imminent. Loose teeth, bleeding gums and even lesions on the tissue can occur without proper dental care and supervision.
Periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease, has to be treated by a dentist, or the infection can ruin the bones, gums and other tissues that support your teeth, says NIA Health.
Over time, your teeth may have to be removed. Without Dental Insurance like Affinity Dental, treatment for periodontitis can cost thousands of rand.
Affinity Dental offers affordable premiums and essential benefits that will keep you smiling. There are three dental insurance plans that are structured to suit you and your family’s needs.