Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

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Tips For a Picture Perfect Smile

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

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Should I Get a Smile Makeover?

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.

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What Toothpaste Should I Choose?

Standing in the toothpaste aisle at your local grocery store is overwhelming. Many patients ask What toothpaste should I choose? What key ingredients should someone look for in a good toothpaste? Palmetto Dental Associates provides a list of key factors to consider when purchasing toothpaste. Fluoride Toothpaste Brushing with toothpaste does more than just message debris and plaque off your teeth. Almost all toothpaste brands include fluoride, which is a natural cavity fighter. This works by coating the tooth’s enamel, which strengthens your tooth’s defense against bacteria. A helpful tip from Dr. Emily Hortman is to check for fluoride before buying your toothpaste. Do not assume every brand has fluoride. Many common brands may have special collections or natural brands can be fluoride-free. American Dental

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Medication Side Effects that Affect Your Oral Health

Whether you are taking allergy medicine or antidepressants, the medications you take for your body can affect your oral health. Always check for common medication side effects by asking your doctor or pharmacist because they may affect your oral health. This does not mean you cannot take the medication, it just means that you should Find out how Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach can help you prevent negative oral health effects with medication.

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Dental Procedures for Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can make it hard to smile, bite, chew, and speak and lower your self-confidence! The truth is, you don’t have to live this way. Whether you lost a tooth from trauma or from decay, Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach can help you improve the look and function of your smile with dental procedures for missing teeth. There are many different ways that we can replace missing teeth. Here are a few options Dr. Hortman may present to you.

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Can a Dentist Pull an Infected Tooth?

At Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach many patients ask, can a dentist pull an infected tooth? The answer is yes! Actually, a majority of teeth that are pulled, also called extracted, have an infection. A deep cavity or a cracked tooth can allow bacteria to build up in the cavities of the tooth. A large number of bacteria inside the tooth can cause an infection. So, yes, a dentist can pull an infected tooth. 

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Sports Drinks And Your Oral Health

Any drink with added sugar, even fruit juices, can cause tooth decay and send you to a local dentist. Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach talk about Sports Drinks and your Oral Health and how it might affect you. Sugar can turn into acids in your mouth which slowly wear down your teeth. Before you realize, the bacteria and acids in your teeth work together to break down your tooth’s protective layer. This is how cavities and tooth decay form. However, if you drink sports drinks and energy drinks with added sugar, can they be okay in moderation?

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Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

A healthy, beautiful smile begins with a good oral health routine from your local dentist in North Myrtle Beach. Food and drink that you consume can cause tooth decay and cavities. Palmetto Dental Associates offer a few tips to prevent tooth decay to ensure a happy, healthy smile.

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Top 3 Ways to Care For Your Gums

  At Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, we want you to have healthy teeth and healthy gums. When patients think about visiting the dentist, they typically think about the health of their teeth. Below are the top 3 ways to care for your gums. Yes, at Palmetto Dental Associates we want you to have healthy teeth and healthy gums. Specifically, the Palmetto team looks for signs of mouth cancer, TMJ, and gum disease. The early stages of gum disease are reversible; however, when it develops into periodontitis, you may experience permanent bone loss. That is why it is important to have healthy gums.  Top 3 Ways to Care For Your Gums: 1. Flossing While eating, food and debris cluster in between your teeth

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Why Do Teeth Become Stained?

There are a lot of reasons why your teeth may become stained. Sometimes, you may think the stains are from the most talked about reason: foods and drinks. But, there are a few other, less known causes, that may be acting on your teeth. Here are a few reasons along with stained teeth tips to keep your teeth white. 

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