Whether it is a biannual check-up or a “dental emergency near me”, there are multiple reasons that patients choose North Myrtle Beach dentist, Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates. Get helpful information and resources with our Palmetto Dental Blog. If you are experiencing similar dental symptoms, please call the North Myrtle Beach dentist, Dr. Emily Hortman, at (843)-399-2525 to speak with a team member today!
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Plaque, like many oral health concerns, begins as a silent menace. You may recognize this colorless, sticky film as the fuzzy coating you feel when you first wake up. For many people, a colorless film on the teeth may be the only sign. However, in some cases, more noticeable symptoms, such as receding gums or bad breath, occur. What is plaque and what causes it? Plaque forms in your mouth throughout the day as you eat and drink and every night as you sleep when foods that contain carbohydrates (i.e., sugars and starches) are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth feed on these foods and produce acids. Plaque is known as a “biofilm” because it is actually a community of living
For those individuals that have lost their teeth or have been suffering from missing teeth, it is important to understand how critical it is to address the issue. The reality is that nobody would like to live their life with missing teeth. In addition to it looking very awkward, it also affects your self-confidence because it hinders you from being able to smile openly. Other than aesthetics, there are several other reasons why you should seriously consider replacing your lost teeth. Reasons people lose teeth and at what time Why do people lose their teeth? One of the most common reasons is age. As an individual becomes older, the strength of the teeth (known as enamel), along with the ability of the jawbone to maintain
Did you know that this year in the United States alone, the number of adults expected to be wearing dentures is a whopping 37.9 million? That’s about 4.3 million more people than just 30 years ago! So, you’re not alone if you think you may be headed down that path. Even people that take great care of their teeth sometimes end up requiring dentures, simply due to the many years of wear and tear. To help you recognize if you may need dentures – now or in the near future – we’ve provided the top five warning signs that you may require dentures. Note, if you’re currently experiencing warning signs #1, #2 or #3, it may not be too late to save your teeth, assuming
Everyone wants to capture special moments and today it is easier to take pictures that will be treasured for years to come. But, are you ready to take the perfect photo? We here at Palmetto Dental Associates want you to look your best when you’re smiling for the camera. Here are a few tips that we have to help you capture that beautiful smile of yours. Tilt Your Head Instead of looking straight at the camera, try turning or tilting your head slightly. This often presents a more flattering angle and can hide small facial asymmetries. Do you have a “good side”? If so, make sure you use that side. But remember, your eyes should be looking directly at the camera. Moisten Your Teeth
Many people don’t realize the effects of excessive alcohol use can affect your oral health. While we always want you to enjoy your life, we also want you to practice good oral health. In this blog post, we are going to learn how alcohol can be a key player in deterioration and cavities. What’s the Problem with Drinking Alcohol? Alcohol can cause a ton of bacteria to grow in your mouth which can lead you to be more susceptible to diseases. Heavy drinking can lead to periodontal disease which could even lead to something more serious, like heart disease, if not treated. That is why limiting the amount of alcohol is important. Alcohol Contains Sugar Alcohol contains a high amount of sugar. Bacteria thrive on
Deciding to invest in your smile’s appearance can benefit your life in more ways than one. Having a beautiful smile can give you confidence, freedom from embarrassment, and help you make vital first impressions. Have you been looking to get a smile makeover in Little River, SC? Well, when is the best time to get a smile makeover? The answer is now! Most people wind up wondering why they didn’t do it sooner and here’s why. A Smile Makeover is Easier Than You Suspect Smile makeovers are customized to the specific needs of each person. Don’t automatically assume that there is only one option available. In most cases, we will recommend a tooth-by-tooth approach that implements techniques like teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, or porcelain crowns.
Brushing your teeth or even flossing at your desk can seem awkward and can even be embarrassing at times. Not everyone is lucky like us! We here at Palmetto Dental Associates are surrounded by toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouth wash, or anything we could possibly need oral health-wise. I mean, we work in a dental office! But, that is not for everyone else. So, how can you maintain good oral hygiene while you are at work? Now, do you brush your teeth after lunch? If you answered no, then chances are that you are one of the millions who don’t have the time, resources, or ability to do that. But just because you cannot brush doesn’t mean there aren’t other oral hygiene options. If you are
At Palmetto Dental Associates, we want you to achieve your best smile! To kick start your Oral Health with Dr. Emily Hortman in 2020 we will discuss The Importance of Dental Hygiene Checkups. Spotting problems early on is crucial for providing effective oral health treatment. That is why it is important to come to get a dental checkup. When you come in for dental exams and we will clean your teeth and gum line, remove any hardened plaque, evaluate your bite, look for swelling in the gums or redness and bleeding, and look at them for any signs of trouble, such as cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, and evaluate your risk rate of certain diseases. We will also examine the soft tissues in
Everyone’s mouth and teeth are uniquely made and require different levels of care. However, visiting your dentist too often or not enough can cause extensive damage to your teeth and gums. Palmetto Dental Associates in Little River, SC answer the question, How often do I need to visit the dentist? The minimum amount of times that we recommend you should visit your Little River Dentist is once every six months — even if you are the best brusher. Discuss your options with Dr. Emily Hortman to determine the right number of dentist visits for you each year. Do I Need To Visit The Dentist? According to the American Dental Association, 100 million Americans do not visit the dentist at least once a year. However, regular
Your bundle of joy is growing more and more each day. Soon they will have a full mouth of baby teeth. Until then, how can you help them through the uncomfortable growing pains of teething? Here are a few answers and tips from Dr. Emily Hortman and Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, SC on caring for your baby while they are teething. Understanding when it is time to start caring for your baby while they are teething Your baby’s first tooth should appear between three and 14 months; however, most teeth erupt around six months. Once your baby’s first tooth emerges or if your baby is one year old, then it is time for their first dental visit with Dr. Emily Hortman at