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How often do I need to visit the dentist?

Everyone’s mouth and teeth are uniquely made and require different levels of care. However, visiting your dentist too often or not enough can cause extensive damage to your teeth and gums. Palmetto Dental Associates in Little River, SC answer the question, How often do I need to visit the dentist? The minimum amount of times that we recommend you should visit your Little River Dentist is once every six months — even if you are the best brusher. Discuss your options with Dr. Emily Hortman to determine the right number of dentist visits for you each year. Do I Need To Visit The Dentist? According to the American Dental Association, 100 million Americans do not visit the dentist at least once a year. However, regular

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What Toothpaste Should I Choose?

Standing in the toothpaste aisle at your local grocery store is overwhelming. Many patients ask What toothpaste should I choose? What key ingredients should someone look for in a good toothpaste? Palmetto Dental Associates provides a list of key factors to consider when purchasing toothpaste. Fluoride Toothpaste Brushing with toothpaste does more than just message debris and plaque off your teeth. Almost all toothpaste brands include fluoride, which is a natural cavity fighter. This works by coating the tooth’s enamel, which strengthens your tooth’s defense against bacteria. A helpful tip from Dr. Emily Hortman is to check for fluoride before buying your toothpaste. Do not assume every brand has fluoride. Many common brands may have special collections or natural brands can be fluoride-free. American Dental

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Protect Against Oral Cancer With Your Dentist

Protect against oral cancer with your dentist. Next time you go to the dentist, ask if they screen for oral cancer. Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina provide screening for oral cancer because it is an integral part of thier routine health exams that occur once per year.

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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 common medication side effects by asking your doctor or pharmacist because they may affect your oral health. This does not mean you cannot take the medication, it just means that you should Find out how Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach can help you prevent negative oral health effects with medication.

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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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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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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 with whitening toothpaste, keep reading. You’d be surprised to hear the comparison from Palmetto Dental Associates, your North Myrtle Beach dentist.

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The Importance of Your First Dental Visit In North Myrtle Beach

You might be excited at the idea of improving your smile, but you shouldn’t skip any steps of the dental process—even your first dental visit in North Myrtle Beach. This part may seem useless because it’s difficult to understand dental procedures, but your North Myrtle Beach dentist is here to help you. Consultations are how your dentist puts their best foot forward in creating a friendly, open relationship as well as inform you about your options during your dental visit. Learn more about the importance of consultations here.

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