Solutions for Managing Keto Breath

Have you started a ketogenic diet and suddenly noticed you have bad breath? You’re not alone in your keto breath. The ketogenic (keto) diet is a popular weight loss diet in which users consume foods high in fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates in order to achieve ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural metabolic state that occurs when a person consumes fewer carbohydrates than the daily recommended amount, causing the body to start burning fat for fuel. With low carb intake and the body burning fat for fuel, weight loss often results.

What Is Keto Breath and How Does It Occur?

Keto breath is a type of bad breath that occurs when the body is in ketosis. The breath is characterized by a distinct taste or odor in the mouth that’s quite different from ordinary bad breath. The breath has also been described as tasting metallic or having a nail polish remover–like odor as well as a fruity smell.

So how does the bad breath occur?

Ketosis occurs when your body breaks down stored fat for fuel. When your body burns the stored fats, a natural chemical known as ketone is produced.

Ketones are usually harmless and exit from the body through the mouth and urine. When ketones are released through the mouth, you experience keto breath. This unpleasant breath is one of the signs that your body has entered into ketosis. This unsavory breath can occur on any low-carb diet, including a paleo diet.

How Long Does the Breath Last?

For most dieters, the distinct breath may only last a few weeks after starting a low-carb diet. Fortunately, the breath is temporary and will significantly subside as your body adjusts to the diet.

What Can You Do to Manage Keto Breath?

While the bad breath only occurs for a short time, it can have a negative impact on your self-confidence. Here are some simple solutions for easily and effectively combating your keto breath.

  • Floss and brush your teeth at least 2 times daily.

Poor dental hygiene can worsen your keto diet–induced breath. Although brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis may not eliminate your bad breath completely, it can greatly reduce the odor from your mouth.

Consider carrying an extra toothbrush so you can brush right after lunch or after snacking at work or on the go to prevent your breath from becoming worse. 

  • Chew sugarless gum.

Chewing gum stimulates the production of more saliva in your mouth. Saliva prevents bacteria from sticking in the mouth and also helps break down plaque and eliminate acids in your mouth. Saliva basically rinses your mouth, keeping it clean, fresh, and odor-free.

Consider chewing sugarless gum that contains xylitol, as it helps break down bacteria that causes bad breath.

  • Drink plenty of water regularly.

Drinking plenty of water on a daily basis is not just good for your skin and overall health, it can also help combat your bad breath.

When you drink water, the bacteria, plaque, and stuck food particles in your teeth are washed away. While on a keto diet, make a habit of drinking a lot of water, and swish your mouth after eating snacks. This will prevent the odor from building up, keeping your breath fresh all day long.

  • Rinse your mouth with fluoridated mouthwash.

A fluoridated mouthwash can be an effective yet temporary means of eliminating bad breath. Rinsing with the mouthwash helps prevent the formation of plaque and bacteria in places the mouthwash can reach and removes food particles from the mouth.

  • Eat foods that help mask bad breath.

Several foods can help mask bad breath, and there are some great keto-friendly options! Unsweetened yogurt with live cultures and probiotics inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and spinach are all high in vitamin C, which also helps prohibit bacteria growth.

Keto diets are extremely popular right now, but the bad breath that comes with it can be a huge turnoff. Fortunately, you now have some options to help keep the keto breath at bay.

 

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Dr Chris Mott

Always consult your doctor before beginning a diet. If bad breath is an ongoing problem for you, it could indicate a more serious condition and you should schedule a visit with your dentist. Dr. Chris A. 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.

 

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These 5 Factors Can Put You at a Higher Risk for Cavities

Cavities are areas of a tooth that have decayed because of the work of certain bacteria in the mouth. Although tooth decay is commonly associated with eating sugary foods, there are other conditions that can increase the possibility of tooth decay. Here are five important factors that can put you at a greater risk of having cavities.

1. Oral Bacteria

Generally, cavities occur when certain strains of bacteria accumulate on your tooth and feed on remnants of the sugar and carbohydrates that you eat. This process creates acids which react with the calcium-based enamel covering of the teeth and create porous areas which eventually become cavities. The volume of cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth is one of most prominent factors that determines how fast you can develop cavities in your teeth.

2. Your Diet

The bacteria that cause cavities feed on sugar or carbohydrates to stay alive and multiply. Similarly, acidic foods and drinks can react with the calcium in the enamel and erode it. Increasing the level of acidity in the mouth can also make it more difficult for the saliva to restore the pH balance in the mouth. Reducing the consumption of sweets, chocolates and other sugary foods that leave residues on the teeth as well as acidic drinks can help to control the amount of cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth.

3. The Level of Dental Hygiene

Brushing your teeth correctly early in the morning and just before going to bed would reduce the risk of having cavities. Brushing and flossing dislodges trapped food particles and the plaque developed by oral bacteria. When plaque is not removed by proper brushing it can form a much harder and thicker substance called tartar. Removing tartar usually requires the help of a dentist. In addition, it is important to change your toothbrush regularly and use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Dentists recommend that you change out your toothbrush at least once every three months.

4. Dryness in the Mouth

A dry mouth can make the mouth cavity more acidic and promote tooth decay. Dryness in the mouth is frequently caused by inadequate flow of saliva. It may also be due to the use of medications and chemotherapy. However, when the saliva in the mouth is adequate, the minerals in it can neutralize the effect of excess acidity and even help to rebuild the enamel. To reduce dryness in the mouth, you should drink more water or use a mouth rinse with enamel-fortifying ingredients.

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Dr. Chris A Mott

5. The Shape of Your Teeth

In many cases, tooth decay and cavities develop more in the large teeth at the back of the mouth. The premolars and molars are more prone to decay because of the tiny irregularities on their biting surface. These areas normally trap sugar, fiber and leftover food that serves as nutrition for bacteria. That is why it is very important to spend more time brushing the biting surface using a toothbrush with medium-hard bristles. However, the size of the fissures on these teeth differ based on genetics.

These are some of the most critical factors that increase the possibility of developing cavities and tooth decay. With proper dental care, you can reduce the impact of these risk factors and keep your teeth healthy for the rest of your life.

If you have any questions or concerns about your children’s teeth or are wondering whether or not you or your children may be more prone to cavities, give Dr. Mott a call. We can schedule a cleaning or checkup for you and answer any questions you may have.

Are Sugar Free Drinks Killing Your Teeth?

Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. In an effort to combat obesity, companies are manufacturing products that are sweetened with sugar alternatives and are often calorie-free. They are marketed under many brand names, Coke and Pepsi are just a few, but these sugar substitutes are terrible for your teeth. You probably never thought that switching to sugar-free and calorie free drinks would hurt you, but it’s time to shed some light on these substitutes for what they really are: unhealthy.

One Can of Soda Can Cause Permanent Damage

The University of Melbourne conducted a study to show that sugar-free foods and drinks can cause just as much damage to the tooth’s enamel as those drinks with sugar. The study revealed shocking results. A can of diet soda will soften the enamel on a tooth by up to 50 percent. Researchers couldn’t believe that something that was supposed to be healthier for you was actually doing this much damage.

To back their theory, they tested 23 different kinds of sodas. They looked at energy drinks and various named sugar-free sodas. What they found was that it didn’t really matter if the drink had a low-calorie substitute or regular sugar: they all eroded the teeth and left them at a higher risk for tooth decay. Their findings blew away the theory that using sugar substitutes reduces the risk of tooth decay.

How Sugar-Free Drinks Damage Your Teeth

At Dr. Chris Mott’s office, we try to teach our patients that sugar-filled and sugar-free drinks are bad for your physical and oral health. The bacterium inside your mouth feeds off sugars and creates acid. These acids then cause permanent damage to the teeth through the erosion process.

Erosion occurs when acids in your mouth Cheerful beautiful young woman laughing and drinking sodadissolve the hard tissues on the tooth’s surface. Slowly, these acids strip away the tooth’s enamel. As the acid progresses into the tooth, it eventually  reaches the pulp on the inside. But which types of acids are guilty of destroying your teeth?

The main culprits are citric and phosphoric acid. Reading the labels on all of your food and drink purchases can save your teeth from damage in the future.

How You Can Avoid Tooth Destruction

Avoiding foods like candy and lollipops, even in the sugar-free form, is best. Even if the package implies that there is no sugar and that the product is healthier for you, you should avoid it as best you can. Many chewing gum companies will market their product as “dentally safe”, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Anything with a high citric acid level has the potential to cause permanent damage, so be sure to read the labels of the things you are putting into your mouth.

Don’t Believe It? Ask Your Dentist.

If you want a healthy smile, Dr. Chris Mott’s local Shreveport dentist office, advises that you limit your intake of acidic foods and drinks. If you do choose to indulge in these items, swish some tap water into the mouth to help harden the enamel. To avoid damage when you brush your teeth, be sure rinse your mouth with tap water prior to picking up your toothbrush.

If you don’t believe that sugar-free drinks and foods are just as bad for you, just call your local Shreveport dentist, Dr. Chris A. Mott, and hear what he has to say.

Operation Gratitude Sends Donated Halloween Candy to Our Troops!

Halloween is here again. Another opportunity has come to say a big thank you to our troops for their selfless service to our nation. As you look forward to wearing your specially crafted costume and collecting different kinds of candies from neighbors, family, and friends, we would like to take a  moment to let you in on a wonderful opportunity for you and your kids to donate your Halloween candy to our troops overseas through a charity known as Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who assemble and send over 250,000 care packages to our troops overseas. They also send care packages to service member’s children who are left here at home, first responders, wounded heroes, veterans, as well as new recruits. Their  goal is to show support and boost the morale of those who do so much for all of us and our country. To date, Operation Gratitude has sent over 1.5 million care packages!

Send Halloween Candy and Other Gifts to Our Troops

You can send a wide variety of candy bars to show your appreciation to our troops. Unlike previous years, you don’t need to differentiate between chocolate and non-chocolate candy or spend time sorting various types of candy. The only types of candy Operation Gratitude cannot accept at this time are the powdery candy varieties like Pixy Stix because they make the packages very messy. In addition to candy, you may send toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, Beanie babies, handmade hats, scarves and paracord bracelets if you would like to add a little something special in addition to your Halloween candy.

Package the Candy in a Nice Box or Carton

Using a box that is not larger than 24” x 24” x 20”, package your candy neatly and send it to Operation Gratitude. To keep loose candy safe in transit, line the boxes with big bags or put the candy in Ziploc bags. In each box, add a completed donation form, which you can download from their website. This form will give the volunteers details about the total number of packages, the total weight of candy and the toothbrushes you are sending, and make it easy for them to send an acknowledgment to you after they receive your package. You may also include letters or cards for our troops in your package.

Send Your Package Early

Send your package as soon as possible. Make sure it gets to the Operation Gratitude volunteers on or before November 15th so it can be included in the annual care packages that they will send to our troops this year. Consider the number of days it will take for your candy to arrive at their office and send it early to avoid delays. The best time to send your package is immediately after you gather the candy. Put together all the packaging materials now so you can send the candy to them before the deadline runs out. They don’t want any of the candy you send to get wasted.

Ship it or Bring it to Their Office

Ship your candy boxes to their address at:

Operation Gratitude

21100 Lassen Street,

Chatsworth, CA 91311,

(818) 469-0448

Please don’t ship candy boxes to any other address apart from this one. To confirm that your package was delivered to their office even before receiving a notice of acknowledgment from us, you can use the tracking facility offered by your shipping agent. For those who live close to their address in California, you may bring your gifts in person while their volunteers are on duty. You may also send your package through a dentist, school, business or club in your community that collects candy on behalf of Operation Gratitude.

Now, that you’ve all the information required to package and send your Halloween treat to show gratitude to our troops, make sure you prepare to get as much candy as possible during the event and follow the steps required to package them and ship them out. They will deliver your candy as promised.

Follow Operation Gratitude on Social Media

To receive current updates on all of our activities at Operation Gratitude, you can check out their official Facebook page and Halloween Candy Give back page if you have not done so before. Here you will find insightful tips, news updates and other information that will be useful to you.

If you have any questions or concerns about your family’s dental care, give Dr. Mott a call. We can schedule a cleaning or checkup for you and answer any questions you may have.

 

Are Veneers a Good Option for Me?

What is veneer placement?

Does your smile need a makeover? Veneer placement is used by dentists for a wide array of cosmetic enhancements such as teeth whitening and a number of orthodontic adjustments. Developed over 100 years ago, veneers have gained popularity in cosmetic dentistry. Recently, technological advancements have made veneers more natural and convenient. Modern types of veneers are similar to natural dental enamel. Moreover, new digital imaging systems allow dentists to develop near-perfect dental restorations that resemble the natural shape and color of the patient’s teeth. Veneers produce excellent results when combined with advanced dental treatment options such as dental crowns and teeth whitening.

Who should use veneers?

Patients who are considering veneer placement typically want to address a number of cosmetic and structural issues concerning their teeth, including:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Minor misalignment
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Discoloration

Moreover, patients who want to have veneers should meet the following criteria:

  • Be committed to good oral care and hygiene
  • Have good oral health
  • Have specific cosmetic procedural goals
  • Have enough healthy enamel

Who would not be considered a good candidate for veneers?

Patients with dental conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and canal infection are not eligible for veneer placement procedures. Since the process involves removal of a layer of enamel, it is not advisable for these individuals to have this particular procedure done. People who have bruxism, a condition where patient excessively grind their teeth and clench their jaws, may not qualify for veneers. The strong force of bruxism puts excess strain on the veneers, which can potentially cause them break off.

Are veneers a good option for you?

This treatment offers a number of benefits to patients. Why are veneers a more popular choice than other alternatives?

Increased confidence: Having a veneer placement procedure done by your dentist can boost your self-confidence as well as emotional well-being. Patients who feel proud about their teeth are more likely to smile. Studies show that smiling has a direct positive impact on emotions.

Oral health benefits: Veneers can boost the overall health of your teeth. They provide strength to damaged teeth. In this case, the veneer will provide better oral health to the patients. However, it should be noted that veneers do not restore weakened or severely damaged teeth.

Encourage oral hygiene: Veneer placement promotes good dental hygiene. Patients with enhanced teeth have a greater tendency to practice good oral care and maintenance. During the consultation and veneer placement process, the dentist will provide you with the best advice on how to protect your teeth.

Are there risks associated with veneers?

Just like any other medical procedure, veneer placement has some risks associated with it. Generally speaking, the risks are rare in most cases and aren’t considered to be worrisome

Tooth sensitivity: the procedure involves removal of enamel that can lead to permanent sensitivity of the tooth when it comes in contact with cold or hot temperatures.

Dental damage: the enamel removal process may damage the underlying dentin. Moreover, poor fitting of veneers can lead to dental misalignment which results in discomfort while eating.

Veneer placement is a perfect way to improve your dental appearance.You should always consider consulting a reputable dentist, like Dr. Mott,  who will provide you with expert advice about the procedure. Veneer placement is a good option that will not only give you a stunning smile but can also boost the health of your teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about your family’s dental care, give Dr. Mott a call. We can schedule a cleaning or checkup for you and answer any questions you may have.

 

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This Famous Actress Used Invisalign to Perfect Her Smile

Kathy Bates is an amazing actress who has starred in many leading roles in both film and television. She started her career in the 1970s and 80s with minor roles in film such as Taking Off in 1971 and All My Children in 1983. Bates’ acting skills earned her a Tony Award for the play, Night Mother. She also received an award from the Screen Actors Guild for her role in Primary Colors. Additionally, she took home an Academy Award for the Best Actress due to her performance in the blockbuster movie Misery. The same performance also earned her a Golden Globe. In her career, Bates earned 14 nominations for an Emmy. Aside from her highly successful career, the most impressive things about Kathy Bates are her energetic personality and her smile.

Kathy Bates Notices Her Teeth Are Moving

The teeth are some of the most hardened substances in the human body. Hardly anyone notices when teeth move and they do so frequently. Bates was one of the few people who noticed this phenomenon and she even told a medical magazine named Dear Doctor about it. In her fifties, Bates finally decided to seek orthodontic advice. She discovered that aligners could align her teeth, giving her a near perfect smile. She also learned that these aligners, called Invisalign, were convenient as well as safe. She decided to try it as opposed to getting braces.

Kathy’s Invisalign Experience

Aligners take advantage of the fact that human teeth anchor themselves in periodontal ligaments as opposed to bone. It means that moving teeth with just the right amount of force at the right time is possible. The purpose of this movement would be to straighten a person’s teeth. Orthodontists created clear trays of plastic custom-fitted for Kathy. She wore them over her teeth and no one noticed them. She kept them on for an average of 22 hours each day. It is important to note that it was possible for her to remove them at any time to clean them or to eat. She got a new tray after an average of two weeks. Each tray would move her teeth a bit towards the desired alignment. Kathy Bates now has a beautiful and heavenly smile thanks to Invisalign.

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Dr Chris Mott

What You Should Know

Kathy Bates is now 68 years old and her smile looks stunning thanks in-part to Invisalign. Alignment of teeth is possible even in older patients because a person’s teeth will never stop moving. For this reason, Invisalign is suitable for people of all ages. In fact, 20% of the people turning to this form of orthodontic treatment are adults. Some feel Invisalign also works better than braces  because you can remove them at any time to do things like eating or brushing your teeth. Invisalign is also difficult to see unlike braces, which are quite easy to see even from afar. Invisalign is a great option if you are hoping to straighten your teeth a bit but really don’t want to be inconvenienced with traditional orthodontics.

If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth or are wondering whether or not you or your children may be good candidates for Invisalign, give Dr. Mott a call. We can schedule a cleaning or checkup for you and answer any questions you may have.

 

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Should Your Kids Get Braces During the Summer?

Many parents and their children feel that summer is the best time to get orthodontic work done. Some kids complain that they do not like being trammeled with getting braces in the middle of a semester. Not only can wearing braces lead to self-consciousness as they interact with their classmates, the effort required for cleaning and maintaining braces throughout the day can also seem like a little too much for a newbie during a long day at school.

Obviously, as a parent, it is important to reassure your child that wearing braces is nothing to worry or be self-conscious about, and that your kids look just as awesome as they always did when they are wearing their braces. However, parents may have other concerns about kids getting braces during the school year. For example, they may worry that orthodontist appointments take their kids out of school unnecessarily and thus prevent them from learning as effectively as possible.

Should your kids get braces during the summer?

There are three key reasons why the summer time is often the best time for your kids to get their braces fitted. The three points below suggest that summer is the smart choice as it fits better with your children’s comfort, their ability to keep their teeth and braces clean, and their schedules.

1. Keeping things comfortable

Braces are designed to be totally comfortable once your child has settled into wearing them. However, for the first few days of wearing braces, your kids may find that they experience some initial discomfort and particularly that their mouth aches a little. Relieving this discomfort will be much easier when they can simply relax at home with an ice pack rather than having to concentrate on their school work at the same time. In addition, if your kids mouths are aching due to the use of braces, it is best for them to eat soft foods such as soups and smoothies rather than crunchy apples or things like breadsticks or hard candy bars. However, these soft foods may not be readily available in the school lunchroom.

2. Keeping the braces clean

Cleaning teeth with braces on involves a little more work than cleaning teeth without braces. Your kids will need to come to grips with brushing not only the teeth but the braces themselves several times a day – their orthodontist will be able to show them how to do this. It is especially important to clean braces after meals, as food can get caught in them. Thoroughly cleaning braces is much easier at home, when your kids have more spare time and are not rushing from class to class during the day.

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Dr Chris Mott

3. Keeping up with their classwork

Getting braces fitted usually takes a series of orthodontic appointments: an initial consultation, the actual installation of the braces and then a visit to check that everything is going smoothly. That is three afternoons out of school – more if your appointments are at an awkward time or if your orthodontist lives far away. Thus, having braces fitted during the summer will provide the minimum amount of disruption to your child’s learning.

If you have any questions or concerns about your children’s teeth or are wondering whether or not your child needs braces, give Dr. Mott a call. We can schedule a cleaning or checkup for you as well.

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Tips for Managing Stress in Dental School

Ah, dental school. That time in one’s life when reality sets in and dreams are realized. It is important to learn how to cope with stressful feelings and situations that you will experience while studying in dental school. Effective stress management will enable you to discover the real sources of stress, handle them effectively, and enhance your emotional well being. As you read the following tips, you will discover how to identify and categorize emotional stressors so you can manage them successfully.

Create a Chart

Prepare a simple chart to categorize stressful situations. Take a pen and create a 2 by 2 inch chart that will give you two vertical columns and two horizontal rows – a total of four squares or quadrants. At the top of the first column, write “Important”, and then write “Unimportant” at the top of the second column. Beside the first row write “Can Control” and beside the second row write “Can’t Control”. This chart will make it easy for you to have a quick view of all the situations that can cause emotional stress at any particular time.

List the Emotional Stressors

Write down the issues, circumstances, tasks, or events that could cause you to become worried or overwhelmed. For example, the following list includes some situations that could occur during the semester in dental school:

  • You have 4 examinations and a practical session one after the other next week.
  • This weekend is your sister’s baby shower.
  • Your roommate has refused to clean up his dishes for over two weeks and you are fed up with taking care of this chore for him.
  • The patient you were to examine to fulfill your Perio requirement refused to turn up for the appointment.
  • The Taylor Swift concert you bought tickets for has been cancelled because she needed emergency medical treatment.

Categorize Each Situation

After listing the situations on paper, you should place each one in the appropriate quadrant. In this example, your examination and practical session are important and you can control how you prepare for them, so place them in the top-left quadrant. Similarly, your sister’s baby shower may be considered important so you may place it in the top-left quadrant. However, if you discover that you would not be able to attend because of your forth-coming examination, you could apologize and find a way to make it up later.

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Dr Chris Mott

Another important situation is your Perio requirement. But the fact that the patient did not show up is beyond your control. So you should place it in the bottom-left quadrant and find an alternative way to meet this requirement. Next, move to the relatively unimportant issues like the behavior of your roommate. Since you can control the effects of your roommate’s behavior by taking to him or simply finding a way to clean up at a more convenient time, you should place this in the top-right corner. The only situation that is unimportant and out of your control is the cancelled concert. Hopefully, you could get your tickets refunded.

This method of managing stress in dental school is quite effective and should be used as often as required. When you are surrounded by many stressful situations, you can easily use this technique to separate the important from the trivial issues and your will find it much easier to address each situation one after the other. You will be able to focus more on productive tasks without getting overwhelmed by mundane issues.

If you have any questions or concerns about your future career in the dental field, give Dr. Mott a call. We can schedule a cleaning or checkup for you as well.

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Causes and Treatments for TMJ

TMJ syndrome stands for temporomandibular joint syndrome. It is a disorder that affects  the jaw tissues and the nerves. It generally occurs when you suffer an injury in the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw with your skull.

Causes

Even the doctors are not really sure about the causes behind this syndrome. However, they believe that is mainly due to individual habits or as a result of some severe injury in the jaw bone. The common causes are:

Teeth grinding: This is a common habit that affects many Americans. Especially while sleeping, teeth grinding can do a lot of damage. It will make that area weak and more prone to injuries. The structure of your teeth may also change as a result of continuous grinding.

Repeated biting on things: Continuous biting on objects is a nervous habit that can also cause serious damage including TMJ. People chew on anything, from a pen to their fingernails to ice cubes. The continuous pressure generated on the jaw bones will make it weak. Excessive chewing of gums is also another major cause.

Trauma: If you suffer some type of  severe injury to the jaw bone area, then you may be at higher risk for developing TMJ.

Risk Factors:

Common risk factors for developing TMJ include:

Stress: Excess stress causes clenching of the teeth, which is one of the major causes of TMJ. Stress can also cause teeth grinding, another major cause of TMJ.

Gender and Age: Women who are between 20 years and 40 years of age are at maximum risk. Those who fall into this category should definitely see their dentist regularly and discuss symptoms immediately should any develop.

Sedentary Work Habits:  People who work at their desk for long hours are also at risk. Bad posture causes pain in the neck region, which may lead to problems in the jaw.

Diagnosis:

Since there are lots of other diseases having similar symptoms, it is slightly difficult to diagnose TMJ. First, the doctor will look at your jaw structure and ask for the exact location of the pain. Generally, a X-Ray is required so that your doctor has a clear view inside your jaw. In some cases, an MRI or CT scan may also be necessary.

Symptoms:

Pain in the jaw: This is the most common symptom. If you are experiencing continuous or severe pain in your jaw, definitely consider visiting the doctor. You may experience pain during any slight movement of the jaw, like yawning or even talking.

Pain in the ear: In many cases, a slight pain in the air is also observed. Many people also have a ringing sensation in their ears, commonly known as tinnitus. In severe cases, hearing loss may also occur.

Clicking noise while moving the jaw: While moving your jaw, you may hear a popping sound. Others may also be able to hear this noise. It usually means the dislocation of the discs.

Apart from this, there may also be other symptoms like vertigo, tight muscles in the neck region or severe headaches.

Treatments:

Some of the common treatments include:

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Dr Chris Mott

Medications: In order to get rid of the swelling and the pain, you can take some non-prescription pain medications like ibuprofen. If those don’t work, your doctor may suggest other strong pain relievers.

Oral Splints: These are plastic pieces, which you need to wear so that your upper set of teeth and your lower set of teeth do not collide. This will protect you from the harmful effects of clenching or biting.

Physical Therapy: Physical Therapy may also help.You can try out different jaw exercises to strengthen your jaw area.

Surgery: When the other forms of treatment fail, surgery is performed. The success rate is very high, but in some cases some side effects may occur.

Try out soft foods: Try to include as many fruits and vegetables in your meal as possible. Also cut your food into small pieces, so that you don’t need to exert too much pressure on the jaw.

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Bossier family dentist: Dentists Are Key to Early Detection of Oral Cancer

For many of us, April is the month to expect flower-producing showers and some gentle sunshine, but did you know that it is also the month for oral cancer awareness? This is a little-known fact, yet thousands of new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year by your local Bossier family dentist; and the prognosis is not good. Roughly 43% of those diagnosed with oral cancer will not make it past the 5-year mark.

These figures are quite disheartening and it seems they are not improving. Part of the reason is because oral cancer is not easy to detect. The earliest symptoms only appear after the disease has progressed to a serious stage.

What Can Be Done?

Dr. Chris Mott, a Bossier family dentist, always tests for oral cancer when you come for regular exams because early detection is vital to successful treatment. Oral cancer is known as the invisible killer, and this is why the Academy of General Dentistry is raising awareness about this deadly disease. According to the group, it is imperative that people get a dental exam twice a year from a general dentist. These visits present the best opportunity for diagnosing cases of oral cancer in their early stages.

Dentists are the first line of defense in the early diagnosis of the disease. Given that more than 60% of Americans see a dentist annually, conducting “opportunistic” cancer checkups on people who come to the dental clinic everyday would present tens of thousands of chances to detect oral cancer in its early stages. Dentists are now being encouraged to aggressively screen all the patients who come to their clinics.

Spread The Word!

There is also an awareness campaign going on with the goal of educating the public on the seriousness of oral cancer and the need for a regular screening of the disease. Similar public awareness campaigns have played a major role in the early detection of cervical, breast and prostate cancers. Most people now know the importance of going for a mammogram, PAP smear or prostate exam at least once a year. The success of these awareness campaigns can also be replicated in the fight against oral cancer.

The next time you go to see your dentist, ask for an oral cancer screening. The dentist will screen your oral cavity, which includes your lips, floor of the mouth, cheek lining, front part of the tongue, the gums and the roof of your mouth. Your throat begins at the tender part of the roof of your mouth and includes the back area of your tongue as well.

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Bossier Family Dentist, Dr. Chris Mott

Your dentist will try to feel if there are any lumps or abnormal tissue changes in your neck, head, the cheeks as well as in the oral cavity itself. Using a VELscope, a special type of flashlight, the dentist will examine your mouth, looking for any sores and discolored tissue. Always confirm if this type of screening is part of your checkup and if it will continue to be a part of your regular dental exams.

Visit your Bossier family dentist today!

When oral cancer is not detected and treated early, it can be deadly. The best way to head this type of cancer off at the pass is to have regular preventive checkups. Dr. Chris Mott is a well-known and reputable Bossier family dentist and is always accepting new patients. Give us a call today and schedule your next dental appointment.