Tag: Gingivitis

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Gum Contouring and You

By now, you have probably heard of face contouring: a way to can use makeup to highlight your favorite facial features. Unlike a simple contour with bronzer and highlighter, gum contouring requires a surgical procedure and it will improve the look and the health of your gums.

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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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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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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. Here are a few items they may suggest for your TMJ therapy. 

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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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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 we understand your bad breath concerns. 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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Saving Money by Visiting Your Dentist? Learn How It’s Done

With the cost of living steadily rising, it’s a must that you take a frugal approach to how you spend your money. The tricky part sometimes is to determine what’s a necessity and what’s a want. So unfortunately, some of the more valuable components of your wellness may be sacrificed in an attempt to save the budget. This can spill over into the world of preventive dentistry, unfortunately viewed by some people as a discretionary service like getting a manicure or massage. That couldn’t be further from the truth. You can save money at the dentist because your semi-annual visits to your dentist serve as one of the major pillars in maintaining a healthy mouth, teeth and gums. As you continue reading you’ll learn more

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