Easing Dental Phobia and Anxiety

Climbing into the dental chair can be an unnerving experience for some. It is estimated that nearly 40 million Americans avoid visiting the dentist every year because of dental phobia or fear. Unfortunately, when patients do not receive needed treatments and preventive care, serious oral health consequences often result.

Dental phobia or anxiety may stem from a previous unpleasant experience with a dentist, a fear of needles, or an aversion to perceived potential pain. Additionally, patients may struggle with feeling a lack of control or with shame about the condition of their teeth. The willingness to face these fears and anxieties head-on is an important step in overcoming dental phobia.

Signs of Dental Phobia

People with dental phobia are often panic-stricken and terrified at the thought of going to the dentist. It is a more severe reaction than simple fear or anxiety. Patients with this kind of phobia only visit the dentist when they can no longer bear extreme pain associated with a dental ailment, if they go at all. 

Here are some other common signs of dental phobia:

  • Inability to sleep the night before a dental exam
  • Nervousness, especially when waiting for the dentist
  • Feeling of physical illness before visiting the dentist
  • Uneasiness at the thought of objects being placed in your mouth

Patients with severe dental phobia may need to seek help from a mental health professional.

Managing Dental Phobia and Dental Anxiety

Patients can ease their fear and anxiety by using one or a combination of the following strategies.

  1. Be open about your fears.

Being honest and open about your fears is the most effective and easiest way to manage your anxieties. Once your dentist is aware of your anxiety, he or she can work with you to calm your fears. It is important to trust that your dentist has your best interests in mind when performing a dental exam or procedure.

  1. Have someone you trust at your side.

During your dental exam, consider bringing someone you trust along with you. This strategy is especially effective with children who may be nervous at the dentist. It can also help many anxious adults who need to be reassured that the dental exam is for their own good.

  1. Practice self-care before your visit to the dentist.

Drinking too much caffeine or not getting enough sleep the night before your appointment will make it more difficult to feel at ease in the dentist’s chair. Restful sleep before your dental procedure goes a long way in helping you feel at ease and relaxed. Avoid consuming too much caffeine, as it only exacerbates feelings of anxiety. Sugary foods should also be avoided. Try protein-rich foods, such as plain yogurt, which are known to have a calming effect.

  1. Get distracted.

Embracing distraction is a strategy that works well for both children and adults. Distraction may be in the form of watching an interesting TV program or listening to some relaxing music through earbuds. They not only drown out any unpleasant sounds but can also help you feel more at ease.

Prevention is key.

Annual or biannual dental care is important to ensure optimal oral health. Regular professional dental check-ups will help prevent cavities, as dentists have advanced equipment that can remove plaque more effectively than your ordinary electric or manual toothbrush. Dentists can also remove calcified plaque or tartar, which is difficult to remove even with the best oral care routine. Tartar can cause gum disease and may eventually lead to tooth loss if not checked.

These regular appointments can help dentists identify early signs of gum disease, cavities, and other common dental problems. Your dentist will be able to provide the right treatment before these problems become more serious. Prevention is often much less invasive than correcting issues that have compounded while avoiding dental care.

 

Dr Mott

Dr Chris Mott

Dr. Mott proudly serves the greater Shreveport & Bossier area. His dental practice has the best in modern dental technology, and their highly trained staff is ready to assist you. Dr. Mott is one of the best, most highly rated Bossier dentists. Stop in and see what everyone is talking about. Make your appointment with Dr. Mott today.

 

Smiling boxer dog

Is Brushing Important for Your Dog?

Getting yourself to the dentist is always a hassle, but what about your pups? If you have perfect teeth and want to share your oral hygiene routine with someone, you can start in your own home! Your dog, once fully grown, will have 42 teeth which makes their mouths just as susceptible to plaque and dental wear as you are! So it’s time to get down and dirty with your dog.

Smiling dogDog’s Need a Toothbrush, Too!

Without proper brushing, a dog’s teeth can build up plaque which can cause bad breath. In addition, this can result in gum disease and even tooth decay for your pup. It’s important that you brush your dog’s teeth daily or at least routinely once or twice a week to prevent bacteria buildup.

You don’t necessarily have to use a fancy dog toothbrush, but it can be helpful if your dog isn’t fond of brushing time. If you have smaller dogs, you can use finger brushes, which fit perfectly in their tiny mouths. If you have a big dog, you can consider using brushes that have longer handles to make sure you get all of the teeth cleaned without shoving your entire hand in its mouth.

Always Use Dog Specific Toothpaste

Definitely do not use your own toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth. The ingredients in the toothpaste we use can be deadly to your dog if ingested in large amounts. Even if you use a little bit of your regular toothpaste, your dog could experience serious discomfort or stomach issues.

You can find dog specific toothpastes at your local pet stores. They come in many flavors, from mint to chicken, that you can choose from! Picking your dog’s favorite flavor can really help in the brushing process as it makes it easier to keep them still while you brush.

Get to Brushing!

Husky smilingOnce you find the perfect toothpaste, lift your dog’s upper lip slowly and start with the upper teeth first. You should hold the brush so that the bristles are angled to reach the gums, as well as the teeth. Angling is important because it allows you to massage the gums, while also cleaning your pup’s teeth.

However, you may realize that working around the gum area can cause slight bleeding. Light breeding is normal, so don’t stress. However, heavy bleeding can be an indication that your dog has a gum disease. Schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as possible if you find that your dog is bleeding heavily after a brush.

Be sure that you are being gentle when you brush your dog’s teeth. If you are too rough, you may cause the gums to bleed more than expected. Use a soft, circular motion to brush your teeth, and you can avoid any serious injury.

French Bulldog SmilingAnd You’re Done!

It’s important that you talk to your dogs as you brush their teeth. This helps them remain calm while you get to work on their teeth. If they are overly upset or uncomfortable, you can pet them during the process to help ease their discomfort, too. Once you are done, you can reward your pup with a treat if they did well during their brushing.

We’re Here to Help

Keeping your dog’s teeth healthy is important, but it’s also important to keep up with your own teeth. If we spent half as much time taking care of our own teeth as we do taking care of our pets, we would have no problem making it to the dentist every six months.

Be sure you are visiting your dentist regularly, brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing routinely. Even though we can’t help your dog with oral health, we can help you at Dr. Chris Mott’s office! Keep all your family, human and furry alike, happy by brushing regularly and flossing, too!

lion teeth

Ever Wonder Why Animals Don’t Need a Dentist?

For many reasons, we think animals have it right in several aspects of life. The biggest thing they have going for them is their ability to keep seemingly perfect set of teeth without going through the daily ritual of brushing and flossing. Certainly, they don’t have dentists in the middle of the amazon or in the depths of the ocean…So how do they do it?

Survival of the fittest is the name of the game for most wild animals. The jungle is quite unforgiving, as it doesn’t matter where you are in the food chain. Animals have to constantly watch their backs in the wild and often their teeth are the weapon of choice. Whether it’s fighting off predators or hunting prey, teeth are a must have.

Since the wilderness can be rough, most animals with teeth have evolved over time to find remedies to tooth decay.

Canines

canine teethCanines include all animals that belong to the feline family such as cheetahs, tigers, lions, as well as the dog family which includes jackals and hyenas. These animals have saliva that has a very high pH, kind of like a natural toothpaste.

The saliva stops demineralization of their teeth and protects them from tooth decay. While chewing, there is abrasion that brushes their teeth and removes the plaque. Many of these animals eat all of their prey, bones included, which acts as their floss and toothbrush.

Herbivores

Herbivores, like humans, only have one permanent set of teeth after they reach maturity. As they chew, which they do a lot, the upper surfaces tend to wear out. To compensate for this, herbivore teeth grow by about an eighth of an inch every year.

Sharksshark teeth

Sharks are armed to the teeth, quite literally. Arguably they have the sharpest and deadliest set of teeth. Undoubtedly the king of the oceans, shark teeth are used for everything, from feeding to fighting off competition. For this reason, their teeth wear out really quick.

A shark gets a new set of deadly shredders every two weeks. Some shark species such as the ground shark are estimated to shed over 30,000 teeth in their lifetime.

Elephants

These graceful creatures have been poached worldwide and are currently an endangered species. Elephant tusks come in handy in protecting them from predators such as lions that sometimes hunt them during droughts, when food is scarce.

The tusks are replaced once the elephant reaches 40 years old. Elephants are known to rub their tusks against trees. This process is a lot like brushing. As a precaution, elephants use one tusk more than the other, this reduces the risk of losing both of them at the same time.

Rodents

Rodents such as hamsters, rats, and guinea pigs have incisors that grow continuously throughout their lifetime. This is because they chew almost anything and everything, every chance they get.

We Are Not Animals

Rodent chewingDental hygiene is perhaps the most important aspect of our health. Currently, 60% children suffer from a form of dental disease worldwide and about 20% middle aged adults do, too.

While it’s true that most wild animals are able to breeze through life without worrying about dental hygiene, you are certainly not able to shed your teeth every two weeks like a shark or a crocodile. What sets us apart from animals is that we consume a lot of processed foods and refined sugars that are not good for our teeth during our lifetime.

Secondly, most animals have a shorter lifespan compared to their teeth. This means they are likely to be killed by something else before they start suffering from any dental diseases. Humans tend to outlive their teeth and as such, we have to take better care of them to ensure we get the best out of them for as long as possible.

 

Humans can’t get away with not brushing their teeth. Practice oral hygiene daily and get regular dental checkups. Visit your local dentist, Dr. Chris Mott, to learn more about what you can do to make your dental routine easier.

guy and girl smiling

What Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do For You

Scared to show your smile most days? Maybe you feel like there’s not an answer for your teeth. Maybe you think surgery is scary. Either way, there are many ways to tackle your fear of having a bad smile and cosmetic dentistry is your solution!

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that involves the repair of a wide range of dental imperfections. It helps in enhancing the appearance of your teeth and smile. Cosmetic dental problems can be properly fixed by your local dentist to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed about.

When Do You Need Cosmetic Dental Work?

Is your confidence fading away due to stained or discolored teeth? There are different teeth brightening procedures that dentists can apply to get rid of stains from the teeth. This will give you the white smile you’ve been looking for.

Are you experiencing discomfort and pain due to dental rots? A dental specialist will be sure to get rid of your decayed teeth. Fillings, tooth caps, or other dental prosthetic can conceal the imperfections and cavities. In extreme circumstances of dental rots, tooth extraction may be the most convenient way to get rid of your toothaches.

Do you have deformities in the ridges of your teeth or jaw structure? Such defects can bring about issues while talking or breathing. On the off chance that your dentist diagnoses you with this issue, they might recommend full mouth reconstruction.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Dental Implants: This is a procedure used to replace a natural tooth that has been damaged beyond repair.
  • Dental Invisalign: This is a common procedure that is used to repair structural abnormalities in your teeth. Almost like traditional braces, this form of alignment uses a clear mold to straighten your teeth.
  • Teeth Whitening: The most common cosmetic dentistry procedure patients want is teeth whitening. This is done to regain the natural shine and color of the tooth. The loss of the shine and natural color can be due to eating habits, excessive smoking, aging, etc.
  • Dental veneers: This procedure is used to repair uneven alignments, tooth structures, cracks in your teeth, spacing between teeth that is uneven, and tooth enamel that is worn out.
  • Dentures: Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. Dentures normally serve for a lifetime so this is an effective option for those who have several adult teeth that have fallen out. You must follow the instructions given to you by Dr. Chris Mott, or your dentist to give your dentures the care they need for a long life.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

man smilingYour teeth can be whiter than ever. With a few simple teeth whitening treatments, you can see a world of a difference in the color of your teeth. This can be done in as little as 30-60 minutes at your Shreveport dentist’s office.

You can enhance the look of your smile. Chipped or broken teeth don’t always have a good look. Cosmetic dentistry offers a solution to this problem. Your dentist will apply a layer of resin on the tooth to conceal the tooth structure that has been lost. Dental crowns can likewise be set on decayed or broken teeth.

No longer miss your teeth. A great number of people who lose a tooth may have issues biting or chewing. Created from porcelain, artificial teeth can be used in place of the missing teeth. This will have you grinning again in no time.

Boost your confidence. The vast majority of individuals who have chipped, broken, or stained teeth are forever discontent with their smile. You can restore your confidence and feel better about smiling after your cosmetic procedures.

Improve your dental health. Apart from enhancing your appearance, cosmetic procedures can help you to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Straightening, brightening, and reshaping your teeth can inspire you to become more concerned about your dental health and avoid food and drink that ruin your teeth.

Get Your Smile On

If you’re suffering from any dental defects and are wondering what your next step is, give your local Shreveport dentist, Dr. Chris Mott, a call today to book an appointment. We know the best smile is one you’ve always dreamed of, and we’re happy to help you find the perfect smile you’ve been waiting for.

What Favorite Snacks of Yours Are Killing Your Teeth?

Oral hygiene is probably one of the earliest lessons you learned in life. You know that brushing, flossing, and—most importantly—eating right are the keys to healthy teeth. But, if you’re like most people, you probably faltered somewhere along the way and took to unhealthy eating, possibly out of ignorance.

We’ve compiled the nine worst foods for your teeth and their healthy counterparts so that you can get back on track. By avoiding some of these foods and beverages and sticking with healthy alternatives, you can get back your smile while improving your overall health.

Potato Chips and Crackers

It’s obvious that you should avoid sugary candies, but don’t replace them with potato chips or other snack crackers. These can be just as damaging and shouldn’t be considered as an option if you’re looking to avoid tooth decay.

Due to their crunchy nature, chip and cracker particles can get stuck between your teeth when chewing. Once mixed with saliva, these starch particles are easily converted into sugars. Without immediate flossing or brushing, these foods have a similar effect on tooth enamel as their sugar-based counterparts that you find in most junk foods.

Alternative to Your Favorite Chips

Whether you are chasing away a candy obsession or just craving something crunchy, try nuts instead. Unlike crackers, nuts are rich in vitamins and minerals that not only promote healthy teeth but also enhance saliva production as well as enamel protection.

Clear Sodas

Cola-type sodas cause teeth stains, but don’t consider clear sodas as better alternatives. A recent study by Southern Illinois University of Dental Medicine found clear sodas to be even more harmful to teeth than brown varieties. The clear sodas in the study contained more enamel-scathing citric acid and less ascorbic acid than dark-colored colas. Teeth dipped in the clear sodas were also found to lose more weight than those dipped in the colored sodas.

Alternative to Sodas

If you must have soda, try root beer. Most varieties are not caffeinated, and it doesn’t contain phosphoric or citric acids, which erode your tooth enamel.

Yogurt

Like most other fermented foods and drinks, yogurt contains high levels of lactic acid. This has the same effect on tooth enamel as citric and phosphoric acids. And, while it is famed for its probiotics and beneficial bacteria, fermented yogurt should be avoided.

Alternative to Yogurt

Cheese and milk have a similar effect in the body as yogurt. The calcium found in these dairy products also helps to restore some minerals in the teeth.

White Bread

This kind of bread is merely a refined carbohydrate. During chewing, the salivary enzymes break down the starch in the bread into a gummy sugar-like substance that sticks to your teeth.

Alternative Breads

To minimize the danger of sugars corroding your tooth enamel, opt for whole grain wheat options.

Breath Mints

As much as you may want fresh breath throughout your day, don’t let it be at the expense of your teeth in the long run. Most breath mints have significant sugar additives and the fact that they are chewed for a long time exposes your teeth to dental problems.

Breath Mint Alternative

Opt for sugar-free breath mints and gums. You can avoid the hazards of sugar-filled mints and gum while helping stimulate the production of saliva by only chewing sugar-free products. It not only helps maintain fresh breath, but it also neutralizes any acids and sugar deposits around the teeth.

Vinegar

Vinegar, though a crucial ingredient in salad dressings and sauces, can trigger tooth decay. Its high acidity erodes tooth enamel, causing decay over time.

How to Avoid Acidity from Vinegar

After eating vinegary salad dressing, consider rinsing your mouth with plenty of water to neutralize the acidity. Sugar-free gums can also help reduce the effect on your teeth.

coffee is bad for your teethCoffee

Does this come as a surprise to you? If so, look at regular coffee drinkers; you’ll notice their teeth are considerably discolored. Coffee is also acidic and negatively acts on tooth enamel, accelerating wear and discoloration.

Coffee Alternative

If giving up coffee isn’t an option for you, consider taking in plenty of water after every coffee session. Also avoid additives such as sugar in your daily coffee.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Have you ever contemplated the effect your favorite snack has on your teeth? The high sugar content of peanut butter and jelly makes them harmful to your oral health.

Alternative to Your PB&J

Consider more nutritional and orally hygienic food options like cheese.

Popcorn gets stuck in your teeth.Popcorn

Just like other crunchy foods, popcorn pieces will always find their way to the spaces between your teeth, promoting decay. Additionally, raw popcorn kernels pose the risk of chipping your tooth enamel while chewing.

Alternative to Popcorn

Looking for something crunchy at the movies? Try nuts instead!

Start Switching Today!

While most of these foods have several health benefits for your body, their impact on your teeth shouldn’t be ignored. If you can’t avoid them altogether, be sure to consume them in moderation, and always brush or floss after every meal. Remember: your smile is your first impression, so do what you can to protect it.
If you have any questions or concerns about your current diet, feel free to reach out to us at Dr. Chris Mott’s office. We will be happy to help you figure out the best way to eat and maintain your oral health!

Anatomy of Tooth Pain

Tooth Pain and What It Means for Your Health

Your body uses pain as a protective response. Whether mild and fleeting or throbbing and constant, the sensory trigger lets you know that something is not right. A toothache is one of the most common dental problems and it starts inside of your teeth when they are exposed to a certain stimuli. Want to know where your dental pain is coming from?

Dental Cavities

Oral bacteria feeds on food particles that get trapped in your mouth. The bacteria destroy the food particles, producing acid that eat through your tooth enamel into the sensitive dentin underneath, causing a severe toothache. Unfortunately, you only discover a cavity when your tooth begins to ache.

Enamel Erosion

The tooth enamel gets worn down by the foods and drinks we consume, such as soda. Once the enamel is damaged, the loss is permanent, leaving your tooth vulnerable without its protective layer. This eventually leads to sensitive and discolored teeth, increased decay, tooth fracturing and dental pain.

Gum Recession

Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth which makes it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. If not treated, the bone structure and the supporting tissue of your teeth can become severely damaged, eventually leading to tooth loss.

Overly aggressive flossing or brushing, abnormal tooth positioning, or poor oral health can contribute to gum recession causing toothache.

Recent Dental Procedure

Teeth often become sensitive and may at times ache after a dental treatment but the pain should subside after a short time. If the pain persists, you should book another dentist appointment, as it could be an infection.

Broken toothFracture or Crack

Tooth fractures and cracks causes severe toothaches, especially when the crack runs down through the pulp of your teeth. Plaque and bacteria can accumulate in these cracks and can eventually cause tooth decay.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection caused by the buildup of plaque along your gum line, leading to the formation of pus either in between the gum (periodontal) and the tooth or within the dental pulp (periapical). It often triggers inflammation and can cause moderate to severe toothaches.

Bruxism (Tooth Grinding) or Jaw Clenching

Roughly 1 in 4 people have problems with teeth grinding. In most cases, the grinding is caused by stress. Teeth grinding exerts pressure on your teeth, bruises the ligaments beneath your teeth, and eventually wears them down. This causes jaw soreness and tooth sensitivity, a sensation that resembles a toothache.

Sinusitis

This is a bacterial infection that leads to inflammation on the lining of your sinuses. Its symptoms include tenderness of the face, blocked or runny nose, and fever. Sinusitis also causes toothaches and bad breath, among other oral problems.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction

Your temporomandibular joint creates hinge and slide motions that allow you to swallow, speak, and chew. You suffer from TMJ dysfunction if you have alignment problems, if your disk suffers from erosion, or if your cartilage on the joint is damaged. This disorder is quite painful and can cause severe toothaches.

Tooth Decay

This is one of the most common causes of dental pain. Small cavities on the outer coating of the tooth are painless, but if they penetrate through the enamel and affect your dentin, the tooth becomes overly sensitive. Infection from the decayed tooth may cause the death of the pulp tissue and even cause an abscess below the root of the tooth.

Talk to Your Dentist About Your Tooth Pain

Our office understands that tooth pain is serious, no matter the reason behind it. We strive to educate our patients so that you have the ability to determine if something is wrong before it’s too late. If you have any questions or concerns about your family’s dental care, give Dr. Chris Mott a call. We can schedule a cleaning or checkup for you and answer any questions you may have.

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Over the Hill? Reasons to See Your Dentist Now

Many people don’t see the need in having good oral health. As a result, the number of oral health problems has gone up in the over the last years. Oral health does not only have to do with your teeth and mouth, it has big impact on general health, too. Just like most other diseases, oral health problems tend to increase with age. Below are some oral health concerns adults ages 40-60 should be on the lookout for.

Tooth or Root Decay

Tooth or root decay is usually caused by poor dental care. When teeth are not properly brushed, bacteria and plaque build up. This buildup, over time, wears away the enamel creating cavities and, ultimately, tooth decay. Even at the ages of 40-50, adults can suffer from tooth or root decay. It is important to clean your teeth and the root surfaces properly to remove dental plaque and food debris.

Periodontal Disease

This is one of the most common and dangerous oral problems affecting adults. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums, as well as the area between the gums and teeth. The disease begins when food particles and bacteria that cause tooth decay, move to the gum.

If left untreated it can progress to mild gum inflammation and severe gum diseases which will affect not only the gums and teeth but also the supporting bones. In extreme circumstances, the infection could damage the bone structure holding the teeth in place, leading to tooth loss.

Gum Disease

This condition occurs when the gum tissues become infected due to buildup of plaque on the teeth and gums. Gum disease is one of the major oral concerns for adults, because accumulated plaque from years of poor diet and bad oral health care habits can increase the risk of Gum Disease. The most common symptom of this disease are swollen, red, and bleeding gums. As soon as you experience this, call your Shreveport dentist to start a proper treatment plan.

Sensitive Teeth

Many people experience a sharp sensation when having an icy glass of water or very hot cup of tea. Most will wait to have their sensitivity treated until it becomes too much to bear.Tooth sensitivity can be caused by gum disease, cavities, worn tooth enamel or use of the wrong toothbrush. It’s important to see your local dentist about your sensitivity to find the root of your sensitivity.

Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when the body’s blood glucose exceeds or is below normal levels. People suffering from diabetes are more likely to have problems with gum disease, dry mouth and thrush, a condition that results from a fungus growing in the mouth. Side effects of diabetes medication may also cause oral diseases.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also referred to as Xerostomia, refers to reduction in saliva production that leaves the mouth unusually dry. It is commonly caused by side effects of oral medications, but can also occur due to other dental problems. The condition may be accompanied by difficulties in eating, swallowing, speaking and decrease in taste sensation.

Discoloration

Tooth discoloration, or yellowing of the teeth, tends to increase with age. Because the tooth enamel weakens as you grow older, your teeth tend to appear yellow. At this point in life drinks like coffee and wine, or even smoking, will stain your teeth significantly.

Dental Attrition

Attrition is the wear and tear of your tooth surface. This occurs as a normal sign of aging, but can cause damage to your oral health. Improper diets and habits such as chewing, grinding, and clenching your teeth often result in dental attrition.

Start Sooner, Rather Than Later

Father and Son SmilingBrushing and flossing on a daily basis is very important, no matter your age. If you experience a loose tooth or slight tooth pains, see your dentist right away to start treatment as soon as possible. Even if you are not concerned with your oral health now, remember that prevention is better than trying to find a cure later.

Visit your local Shreveport dentist, Dr. Chris Mott, if you have questions about maintaining good oral health as you age.

Why Dental Visits Are Important to You and Your Baby

Taking care of your teeth while pregnant is essential for your gums and health. During pregnancy, the hormonal imbalance can increase your risk of gum disease, which can be detrimental to your baby’s development. Here are a few ways Dr. Chris Mott suggests to take care of your teeth before, during, and after your pregnancy, as well as how you can take care of your little one’s first tooth.

Maintaining Oral Health Before Pregnancy

800-6217-5Seeing a dentist before you are pregnant allows you to make sure everything is in order with your gums and teeth. Your teeth can be professionally cleaned, your gum tissue can be examined, and most importantly, any oral problems that you may have can be treated.

If you suddenly have to get a dental surgery done while pregnant, the aesthetic may harm the baby. If you catch it before, you can have it removed without worry of harming your child. This is why the majority of moms-to-be should visit their dentist before they plan to get pregnant.

Visiting Your Dentist During Pregnancy

Image of pregnant woman touching her belly with handsDental Procedures

It is extremely important that you tell your dentist that you’re pregnant so that he can be more aware of any pregnancy-related problems that may arise. Urgent dental procedures can be done while pregnant; however, most dentists agree that if the procedure can wait until after delivery, to do schedule the procedure after delivery.

Be sure to ask your OBGYN about any worries you may have with an urgent or elective dental procedure to see if they have any special instructions or additional information.

Medications

Let your dentist know what medications you are taking, including your type of Prenatal Vitamin. Your local dentist can base their oral procedures and examinations around your medication in case any side effects may occur.

X-Rays

Oral x-rays can be done during pregnancy, as your dentist will ensure to safeguard you and your baby from any harmful x-rays. If you are due for a dental x-ray, be sure to let your dentist or hygienist know that you are pregnant so they can prepare for your visit.

Dental Visits

It’s important that you don’t skip a dental appointment. Regular gum exams are very important due to the hormone changes in your body that can lead to gum disease. Make sure to look out for any gum tenderness, bleeding or swelling. If any of these issues occur, let Dr. Chris Mott know as soon as possible.

Routine Dental Hygiene

Make sure you brush your teeth with toothpaste and mouthwash twice a day to keep up with good oral hygiene. If morning sickness stops you from brushing, get a bland-tasting toothpaste, and use a mouth rinse if you get frequent bouts of vomiting.

Dental Hygiene After Pregnancy

Mom’s Orhappy mom and daughter outdooral Health

After you have had your baby, you should be able to resume dental appointments as they were before. Remember to brush twice a day, and have a good balanced diet. If you’ve experienced any gum problems throughout your pregnancy, see your dentist as soon as you can to have your mouth and gums examined, and your oral health reevaluated.

Baby’s Oral Health

If you’re a first-time mom, taking care of your baby’s mouth and teeth may prove tricky. But in reality, it isn’t that difficult at all. In fact, you can look after your baby’s gums right away by wiping down their gums before bed and after every feeding.

Teething is when your baby starts growing their first teeth. This process is very uncomfortable for your child, so try to make it as comfortable as possible. The most common symptoms of teething are:

  • Crying
  • Drooling
  • Swollen gums
  • A slightly raised temperature

To ease the teething pain of your baby, you can try a few things:

  • Buy teething toys that soothe your child’s teeth and gums.
  • Rub your child’s gums.
  • Use pediatrician or pediatric dentist recommended pain relievers. Do NOT give your baby regular pain relievers such as Aspirin or Motrin.

Your child should start to see the dentist around the ages of 1-2, regardless of the number of teeth they currently have. By doing so your dentist can advise you about tooth care, teething, fluoride and thumb sucking early on.

We know pregnancy is hard enough as it is. If you are worried about your dental health while pregnant, give our office a call to have Dr. Chris Mott answer your questions and give you peace of mind.

Q&A with Your Local Dentist

A visit to your local Shreveport dentist is the perfect opportunity to ask questions about your oral health and effective ways to improve your smile. A dentist appointment should always be more than just a dental cleaning session.

During your next visit with your dentist, consider asking Dr. Mott a few questions:

What are the best ways to practice good oral hygiene at home?

The best way to ensure your dental hygiene is at its best is by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. Additionally, other practices that promote good oral health include:

  • Avoid sugary products such as soft drinks and biscuits.
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride.
  • Eat a balanced diet loaded with fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid smoking.

Ask your dentist for more information on what you can do for your individual oral health routine.

How do I know if I have tooth sensitivity and why do I have it?

Tooth sensitivity is a very painful sensation you get while consuming extremely hot or cold food and drink. This is a result of having thin tooth enamel.. When your tooth enamel thins out, it fails to protect the tooth pulp or dentin from exposure to extreme temperatures. Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by: receding gums, fractured teeth, teeth grinding, whitening or orthodontics. Be sure to ask your dentist why you are experiencing this condition and how you can treat it at home.

When should my child see a dentist?

A majority of parents do not  know the ideal age they should begin to take their children to  the dentist. Medical statistics show that children as young as two years old can develop cavities. Booking a visit with Dr. Mott early on will help to identify potential problems that can affect your child’s overall health as more teeth show up.

What kind of products should I use at home to improve the dental wellness of my family?

Visiting a local drug store for dental products can be overwhelming. With so many options to choose from it is best to ask your dentist to suggest what products you should use for everyone in your family.  A qualified dentist will suggest the most ideal toothbrush, mouthwash, floss, and other effective products for special dental needs.

What diet changes should I make to improve my dental health?

Your local dentist is the person to ask about the best diet for your oral health. Ask them about the kind of foods of foods that will improve your dental health.

What is my overall dental health status?

You can ask your dentist to provide a comprehensive examination of your mouth area to ensure everything is functioning properly. This will help to establish if there are any oral issues that should be looked at further. The dentist will check for things like bumps and bone density to figure out the most effective treatment options.

Can oral health impact on my overall health?

Your oral health has an impact on your overall body health. Oral complications can have effects on other parts of the body such heart disease. A reputable Shreveport dentist will offer advice to help improve your dental health and general health. Ask him about your diet, brushing and flossing habits, and any medications that may affect your oral health.

 

So there you have it. The next time you go to see a dentist, don’t let your dentist ask all the questions. If you do find that you have more questions about your oral health once you leave your dentist appointment, call Dr. Mott for the answers you are looking for.