Preventive Dentistry for Little River and Myrtle Beach
Comprehensive Care for Optimal Oral Health
As a general dentist, Dr. Emily Hortman believes preventive dental care is the first step toward lifelong oral health and a beautiful smile. We recommend that you visit us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. This visit allows us to find problems like tooth decay, gingivitis, and other serious issues early, when treatment options are conservative.
We ask that you reserve about an hour for your first visit. This will allow your general dentist, Dr. Hortman, to complete a thorough exam including a periodontal analysis and oral cancer screening. Our chairside patient education system will enable us to show you areas of concern. We can even give you a digital tour of your mouth.
Dr. Hortman is sensitive to children, fearful patients, and patients with special needs. If you or someone you know need general dentistry performed in a safe, comfortable, patient-focused environment, call Palmetto Dental Associates. We've provided Little River and North Myrtle Beach residents with comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry since 1987.
If you routinely experience discomfort in your jaw, or if every bite you take is accompanied by a painful click or pop, find relief from your dentist in Little River. Your jaw movement is controlled by the temporomandibular joint, or the TMJ, which can easily become injured. Dr. Hortman protects your teeth from the associated jaw clenching and teeth grinding while also providing relief from your symptoms with TMJ therapy.
Your molars, or the teeth in the back of the mouth, are covered in a lunar-like surface that is especially vulnerable to the buildup of acids and plaque that cause cavities. Dental sealants provide a thin plastic shield that protects your teeth from decay. While dental sealants are frequently used in children’s dentistry, patients of all ages can benefit from cavity prevention.
Adults who are at an increased risk of decay include those who…
- Usually have at least one cavity per year
- Have a significant amount of existing dental work
- Frequently consumer sugary, starchy foods and beverages
- Are pregnant
Dental sealants are non-invasive, pain-free, and completed in just one visit to the dentist. Discuss the need for the popular preventive treatment for you or your child with Dr. Hortman.
Oral Cancer Screening
Early detection is key for increasing successful outcomes for oral cancer, the disease that is reported to kill one adult per hour in the US. We recommend that patients undergo at least one oral cancer screening per year. During the routine examination, Dr. Hortman will closely observe your oral and facial structures, looking out for lumps, bumps, patches of discoloration, and other irregularities. Discuss any recent changes you’ve noticed in your voice or appearance during the oral cancer screening.
The mineral fluoride exists naturally all around us, and an extra boost can provide significant advantages for your oral health. Children especially benefit from its regular use, but fluoride treatments are a good idea for patients of all ages. In addition to brushing regularly with a fluoridated toothpaste, a topical fluoride treatment completed in just a few minutes at the end of a checkup and cleaning will provide your smile with significant protection against cavities.
Schedule an appointment for superior preventive dentistry in Little River today!