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How Alcohol Affects Your Oral Health

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

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Maintain Good Oral Hygiene at Work

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

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The Importance of Dental Hygiene Checkups

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

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How often do I need to visit the dentist?

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

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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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TMJ Therapy

Benefits From TMJ Therapy

If a clicking, popping, of painful jaw is an everyday obstacle for you, a TMJ therapy might be right for you. Many times, patients experience discomfort on the sides of their jaw from over-strain and irritation of the Temporomandibular Join, of TMJ.

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Protect Against Oral Cancer With Your Dentist

Protect against oral cancer with your dentist. Next time you go to the dentist, ask if they screen for oral cancer. Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina provide screening for oral cancer because it is an integral part of thier routine health exams that occur once per year.

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TMJ Therapy and TMJ Symptoms

If you have a sore jaw, trouble opening and closing your mouth, or you hear a click when you open your mouth wide, you may need TMJ therapy from a local dentist in North Myrtle Beach. At home, you can use TMJ therapy with over-the-counter medication and avoiding painful jaw movements. However, if your symptoms worsen, you may need a dental visit with local dentist, Dr. Hortman and her team at Palmetto Dental Associates give a few suggestions for your TMJ therapy. 

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Reasons You Should Go To The Dentist

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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6 Tips for Better Oral Health

Great oral health in North Myrtle Beach starts with a good oral hygiene routine. It can also lower the risk of oral diseases. Here are 6 tips for better oral health from Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

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