Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

PALMETTO DENTAL ASSOCIATES BLOG

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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Top 3 Ways to Care For Your Gums

  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?

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. 

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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 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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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 a few tips for better oral health in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

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Toothpaste vs. Professional: What’s Best for Teeth Whitening?

During your weekly grocery shopping, you might be intrigued by the dozens of different kinds of toothpaste to choose from. Many of them offer additional benefits that their basic counterparts may not. One of these benefits includes teeth whitening, proudly displayed on the front of the box, usually in the bottom-right corner. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth it to get teeth whitening done at your dentist office when there’s an option to do so in your own home, keep reading. You’d be surprised to hear the comparison.

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