We do our best to lead a healthy and happy life by completing our Health Assessments, exercising regularly, and opting for a nutritious meal instead of that greasy burger with fries and a soda. However, sometimes we overlook our oral health.
Gum disease is a condition where the structures that support the teeth are weakened through infection which causes tooth loss. It is caused by plaque buildup and tartar between the teeth, which attracts bacteria that causes infection on the edges of the gums.
The first stage of gum disease is inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis, and this is caused by poor dental hygiene. If gingivitis goes undetected or is left untreated, it eventually leads to gum disease.
The symptoms of gum disease include:
Make a dental appointment immediately if you have any one or a combination of the symptoms listed above.
Dental hygiene is vital to your oral health. Here are some simple tips to keep a healthy smile:
Bestmed understands the importance of good oral hygiene for you and your family. We offer preventative dentistry as part of our preventative care benefits available on Beat2, Beat3 and Beat4, and all the Pace options.
Our preventative dentistry benefits include:
Please look at the benefits included in your option to see what is covered.
The Pulse range offers preventative services under the basic and specialised dentistry benefit. Some benefits may be subject to pre-authorisation, clinical protocols, formularies, funding guidelines and the Mediscor Reference Price (MRP). You can contact Bestmed to confirm which benefits require pre-authorisation.
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