Dental insurance is important for both children and adults. Childrenâ€™s dental care should start at six months of age. After six months, a childâ€™s doctor should be able to determine the likely of your child needing regular or special care. Have your child examined before his/her first birthday or within 6 months after their first primary teeth appear; whichever comes first.
Adults should have a minimum of basic dental care. Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing teeth and seeing a dentist regularly. Adults must eat a mouth-healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and dairy products. When dental care is not done regularly, usually at 6 months intervals, then inflammation of the gums may occur causing gingivitis and periodontal disease. These diseases appear as a result of inflammation and inflection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal and the tooth sockets (alveolar bone).
Gingivitis is due to long-term effects of plaque deposits. Plaque is a sticky material made of bacteria, mucus and food debris that develops on the exposed parts of the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth decay. If plaque is not removed, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar that becomes trapped at the base of the tooth. Plaque and tartar irritate and inflame the gums. Bacteria and the toxins they produce cause the gums to become infected, swollen and tender. Other bodily issues may occur as a result of not taking care of oneâ€™s teeth. Have your teeth cleaned and examined on a regular basis.