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Gum Contouring and You

April 1, 2019

Gum Contouring

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

March 4, 2019

Medication Side Effects

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

February 4, 2019

dental implants, 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?

January 1, 2019

Pull Infected Tooth, Tooth Decay

 

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

December 3, 2018

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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

November 2, 2018

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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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Common Treatments for TMD

October 12, 2018

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TMD, Signs and Symptoms, Pain, Sore Jaw

 

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 have TMD. At home, you can treat the symptoms of TMD with over-the-counter medication and avoiding painful jaw movements. However, if your symptoms worsen, you may need to visit Dr. Hortman and her team at Palmetto Dental Associates. Here are a few items they may suggest for you to treat your TMD. 

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Top 3 Ways to Care For Your Gums

September 3, 2018

 

 

When patients think about visiting the dentist, they typically think about the health of their teeth. Although, dentists examine much more. They examine 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. Below are a few ways that you can care for your oral health and improve your gums.

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Why Do Teeth Become Stained?

August 6, 2018

TMD, Signs and Symptoms, Pain, Sore Jaw

 

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.  (more…)

Reasons You Should Go To The Dentist

July 2, 2018

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Whether it is a biannual check-up or a sudden dental concern, there are multiple reasons that patients visit Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates. Here are a few of the top reasons. If you are experiencing similar symptoms, please call Palmetto Dental Associates at (843)-399-2525 to speak with a team member today!

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