PALMETTO DENTAL ASSOCIATES BLOG

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 their North Myrtle Beach dentist, Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates. Here are a few of the top reasons. 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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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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Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

A chipped or missing tooth can not only effect the function of your smile but it can also impact your self-confidence. If you visited a dentist in North Myrtle Beach recently, they may have told you that you can repair your smile with a crown, bridge, or denture. There is another option! Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates offers dental implant solutions for the North Myrtle Beach community. Keep reading to learn more about dental implant solutions.

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Protect Against Oral Cancer With Your Dentist

The simple answer is, yes! Your dentist can help you protect against oral cancer during regular dental exams. Next time you go to the dentist, ask him if they screen for oral cancer. Luckily, if you go to Dr. Hortman in Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you have probably already had many oral cancer screenings. This is because screening for oral cancer is an integral part of our routine health exams that occur once per year.

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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.

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Common 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 medication side effects by asking your doctor or pharmacist. They may put your oral health at risk. This does not mean you cannot take the medication, it just means that you should find out how Dr. Hortman can help you prevent negative oral health effects while taking the medication.

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Dental Procedures for Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can make it hard to smile, bite, chew, and speak. Missing teeth can even 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 Little River, South Carolina can help you improve the look and function of your smile. 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?

Many patients ask us if Dr. Hortman or Dr. Woolston can 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, you should pull an infected tooth. 

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Sports Drinks And Your Oral Health

Any drink with added sugar, even fruit juices, can hurt your oral health. 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? Read below to find out more!

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Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

A healthy, beautiful smile begins with a good oral health routine that one does daily. Food and drink that you consume can hurt your tooth and mouth’s oral health. Below are a few ways to care for your teeth between dental visits to stop tooth decay and to ensure a happy, healthy smile.

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