Tag: Signs and Symptoms

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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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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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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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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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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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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What is a Cold Sore?

Cold sores are created by contact with saliva or skin. 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. 

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