Quiz: How Oral Health Issues Can Interfere With Your Smile

Your smile is a prominent aspect of your overall appearance. With proper care, you can avoid many issues that might hurt the appearance of your teeth, and undermine your looks. Gum disease, tooth decay, and dental damage can all have a negative effect on your smile, but your dentist can address these issues. It is important to remember that good preventive dental care, and regular dental checkups, can make it easier to ensure you do not allow serious problems to form. Practicing good care benefits your oral health, and your appearance.

Questions:

True Or False: If you do not want to wait, your dentist can apply porcelain veneers to your teeth, then address cavities later.

True Or False: Gum disease can cause your gums to recede, and that recession can affect the look of teeth with crowns or porcelain veneers.

True Or False: Wear and tear from teeth grinding can make your teeth look prematurely old and unhealthy.

Answers:

False! If you want to have porcelain veneers placed on your teeth, your dentist will have to address any problems with the appropriate restorative dental treatment before moving forward.

True! If your gum line recedes, it will expose portions of your teeth normally covered by periodontal tissue. If this happens after a tooth has been covered with a dental crown, or after you have received porcelain veneers, that visible portion of your tooth can make your dental work look unnatural.

True! If you suffer from bruxism, a habit of grinding your teeth, the wear and tear can have a negative cosmetic effect. Seeking relief from this problem will limit the wear and tear your smile endures.