Category: Oral Health

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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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Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

A healthy, beautiful smile begins with a good oral health routine from your local dentist in North Myrtle Beach. Food and drink that you consume can cause tooth decay and cavities. Palmetto Dental Associates offer a few tips to prevent tooth decay to ensure a happy, healthy smile.

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TMJ Therapy and TMJ Symptoms

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 need TMJ therapy from a local dentist in North Myrtle Beach. At home, you can use TMJ therapy with over-the-counter medication and avoiding painful jaw movements. However, if your symptoms worsen, you may need a dental visit with local dentist, Dr. Hortman and her team at Palmetto Dental Associates give a few suggestions for your TMJ therapy. 

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Top 3 Ways to Care For Your Gums

 At Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, we want you to have healthy teeth and healthy gums. When patients think about visiting the dentist, they typically think about the health of their teeth. Below are the top 3 ways to care for 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.  Top 3 Ways to Care For Your Gums: 1. Flossing While eating, food and debris cluster in between your teeth

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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 choose North Myrtle Beach dentist, Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates. Get helpful information and resources with our Palmetto Dental Blog. 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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The Cause of Your Bad Breath May Be More Than What You Eat

Chronic or occasional bad breath can make any social situation uncomfortable. At Palmetto Dental Associates understands that the cause of your bad breath may be more than what you eat. Below are a few common causes of bad breath. Sometimes bad breath, or halitosis, can be a sign of a more serious dental concern or it can be solved with a few tweaks in your daily routine.

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What is a Cold Sore?

Cold sores are created by contact with saliva or skin that starts with a primary infection. It can start if you kiss a person with a cold sore. Most are caused by HSV-1. This virus starts with small blisters that form into ulcers in your gums or mouth. Also, cold sores can spread to the eyes, fingers, genitals, and other areas. Palmetto Dental Associates, your North Myrtle Beach dentist let you know what a cold sore is and how to prevent them.

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