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Reasons You Should Go To The Dentist

July 2, 2018

Filed under: Palmetto Dental Care — Tags: , , — tntadmin @ 10:00 am

dental concerns, signs and symptoms


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!

Aching Gums

If your gums are sore while brushing or flossing you may have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. The puffy tissue around your teeth could be infected from a number of habits and genetics. Sometimes, adult patients do not recognize gum disease early. If you avoid the dentist for a few years the infection may go undetected until it is too late and bone loss begins.


Blood flow typically increases when hormones fluctuate during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy. Additionally, pregnancy can increase your risk for tooth decay, pregnancy gingivitis, and pregnancy tumors. If you believe that you are pregnant, let Dr. Hortman know during your next appointment.

Ongoing Medical Concerns

Patients that have diabetes, eating disorders or cardiovascular disease should notify Dr. Hortman of their condition. Together, you and Dr. Hortman can manage concerns and your dental health.

Palmetto Dental Work

Follow-up visits are important! At first glance, you may not see the necessity. However, this allows Dr. Hortman to evaluate your progress and address new concerns. A few procedures where a follow-up visit is recommended is a filling, dental implant, dental crown, or dentures.

Difficulty Eating

If you experience pain or sensitivity while eating or drinking, you should visit Dr. Hortman right away. The discomfort could be from the diminished enamel around your tooth. Poor oral hygiene, excessive sugar drinks, and tobacco are just a few ways that enamel can become broken. Once the enamel and dentin are compromised, hot and cold materials have direct access to the tooth’s roots and nerves. This could be causing the pain you experience while eating or drinking.

Overall, if you feel pain, sensitivity or you are ready for a check-up, visit Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates. Call today at (843)-399-2525!

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