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PALMETTO DENTAL ASSOCIATES BLOG

Protect Against Oral Cancer With Your Dentist

The simple answer is, yes! Your dentist can help you protect against oral cancer during regular dental exams. Next time you go to the dentist, ask him if they screen for oral cancer. Luckily, if you go to Dr. Hortman in Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you have probably already had many oral cancer screenings. This is because screening for oral cancer is an integral part of our routine health exams that occur once per year.

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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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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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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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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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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 initial 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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