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If you are visiting a dentist, it should be more often than not for early detection and prevention of tooth/gum disease and not for relieving recurrent pain, in-spite of taking over the counter pain killers. Today, we will discuss in brief about the prevention of dental gum disease, the importance of a regular visit to the dentist and the coverage of dental treatment in insurance policies.


The rules are simple and easy to follow and even if you have a Dubai medical insurance policy that covers dental related treatments comprehensively, following these steps, will make your visit to the dentist a hassle free one!

1. Brush twice daily

Use a medium bristle tooth brush unless advised otherwise by your dentist. Change your brush every 3 months. Brushing more than 2 to 3 times is not advisable as it may cause erosion of the enamel. Children should be guided by their parents while brushing.

2. Dental Floss

Helps in prevention of inter dental caries. Requires little practice (your dentist can guide you on how to use the dental floss). If done regularly goes a long way in prevention of caries and gum disease.

3. Rinse your mouth well after every meal to ensure food particles are not stuck on your teeth and are washed away.

4. Food Habits

Avoid or restrict intake of sweet, sticky food products. Avoid eating in between meals. Drink plenty of water.

5. Visit your dentist regularly

A visit to your dentist every 6 months is advisable, as caries (cavities), can be detected and restored before they reach the 2nd layer of teeth. During the initial stages, caries don’t show visible symptoms but your dentist will be able to spot them and treat.

In case of deep cavities where the pulp (Nerve) is not involved a timely restoration can save the extra cost and time involved in root canal treatment.

Dental calculus (Tartar) the most common cause of gum bleeding can be removed only by the dentist and not by brushing. On examination your dentist will inform you on any tartar and advise necessary treatment.

Most of the insurers will offer dental benefit coverage with additional premium. The coverage in most of the cases is restricted to fillings, X-rays, RCT, Extractions. However scaling and polishing(cleaning), crowns, Orthodontic treatment are usually a part of dental exclusions.

In view of all of the above prevention of dental problems is definitely better and cost effective than the cure.

Dr. Chetana Shetty
Medical Consultant