How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

A: 4 out of 5 people have periodontal disease and don't know it. Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. Having regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are very important and will help detect if periodontal problems exist. Periodontal disease begins when plaque, a sticky, colorless, film of bacteria, food debris, and saliva, is left on the teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing regularly and properly will ensure that plaque is not left behind to cause damage.

How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?

A: If you're feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth, or just want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile. This includes dental prevention and having a healthier, whiter, more radiant smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full mouth make-over. Ask Dr. Clyde how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.

What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

A: Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that are individually crafted to cover the fronts of teeth. They are very durable and will not stain, making them a very popular solution for those seeking to restore or enhance the beauty of their smile. Veneers may be used to restore or correct dental conditions such as severely discolored or stained teeth, unwanted or uneven spaces, worn or chipped teeth, slight tooth crowding, misshapen teeth, or teeth that are too small or large. Veneers are an excellent dental treatment that can dramatically improve your teeth and give you a natural, beautiful smile.

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