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Are You Going To Need Dentures?

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

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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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Tooth Sensitivity

Why Do I have Tooth Sensitivity?

When you eat cold or hot foods, you may experience pain. Often times this is because of a condition called dentinal hypersensitivity, meaning your teeth are more sensitive to temperature than an average tooth.

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The Best Way To Fill A Cavity – Tooth-Colored Fillings

Many patients don’t realize the number of options they have when it comes to filling a cavity. From amalgam silver fillings to composite tooth-colored fillings, patients may feel lost. Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach discuss the best way to fill a cavity is tooth-colored fillings.

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Gum Contouring and You

By now, you have probably heard of face contouring: a way to can use makeup to highlight your favorite facial features. Unlike a simple contour with bronzer and highlighter, gum contouring requires a surgical procedure and it will improve the look and the health of your gums. At Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, find out about gum contouring and you.

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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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