Halloween Candy

8 Tips to Avoid the Halloween Candy Creep

It’s the Halloween season. Scary costumes and spooky decorations aren’t the only things out to frighten you. Halloween candy has a way of creeping up on you. The thought of overindulging in Halloween candy can be particularly troubling for those trying to lose or maintain their weight or those wanting to prevent tooth decay.

Here are 8 tips to avoid the Halloween candy creep.

1. Choose Wisely

Want to hand out candy on Halloween but need to avoid the temptation of eating all the leftovers? When you’re purchasing candy, buy something that kids will love but you don’t. Not a fan of chocolate? Hershey’s bars are a good choice. Mini packs of sugar-free gum are also a nice alternative. Kids love gum, and if you sneak some for yourself, you can do so guilt-free.

Giving out packs of pretzels or crackers is surprisingly popular with kids. They get a fun school-approved snack, and parents appreciate something for their younger trick-or-treaters who aren’t ready for candy.

Non-food goodies such as tattoos, crayons, glow sticks, stamps, or pencils are another option. Kids with braces or food allergies will be glad to get something they can actually enjoy.

Curious to know which popular candy is best and worst for your teeth? We break it down here.

2. Eat Breakfast

Eat your breakfast. Filling up on protein in the morning can leave you feeling full longer. You’re less likely to mindlessly reach for candy when you’re not hungry.

3. Keep Candy Out of Sight

Between now and Christmas, it seems like candy jars are everywhere in the workplace. Ask your co-workers to stash their candy in a cabinet or their desks. You could even gift them with a colored candy jar with a lid. Out of sight, out of mind.

4. Establish Limits

If you want to treat yourself with a little candy this Halloween, decide on a certain time of day to eat your sweet. Eat slowly and take time to enjoy it. Choose preportioned candy such as a mini Snickers rather than snacking from a large bag of M&Ms. Setting some limits can help keep your candy consumption in check.

5. Chew Gum

Instead of reaching for sugary candy, chew sugarless gum. You will get the same sweet sensation without the extra calories and damage to your teeth. Cravings for sweets tend to come when you are feeling stressed. Studies have shown that chewing gum can help you feel less stressed.

6. Find Healthy Options

Enjoy fruit as a healthy alternative to candy. Cantaloupe, blackberries, strawberries, and grapes can easily be brought to the office to fulfill that mid-morning sweet craving.

7. Go for a Walk

If you’re feeling especially tempted, take a walk. Apart from helping you avoid the sweets, it will give you a burst of energy get you through the day.

8. Donate Your Candy

Operation Gratitude is an amazing organization that sends care packages to armed services members, first responders, veterans, and their families. Their Halloween Candy Give-Back Program collects your candy to add to their care packages. Click here to learn how you can ship your Halloween candy donations or to find a local drop-off site.

 

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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.

 

Top 4 Foods to Avoid After Teeth Whitening: Good Oral Health

Teeth whitening is an easy and affordable way to restore brightness to your smile, making it a popular procedure in the field of cosmetic dentistry. While there are few restrictions to such a procedure, avoiding certain foods and drinks can help you maintain your teeth whitening for a longer period of time.

As Bossier dentist Dr. Chris Mott explains, “Teeth are specifically vulnerable to staining immediately following a thorough whitening session, and adjusting your eating habits after the procedure can assist your teeth to remain to brighten to their whitest possible shade.”

The foods and drinks discussed in this piece have proven to be those that can cause discomfort to other sensitive areas of your mouth as well as your teeth. It is suggested that these items be avoided if you choose to receive teeth whitening treatments.

Dark Beverages

Clear or light-colored liquids such as milk or water are perfectly fine following a whitening treatment, however, colored beverages can leave stains on your freshly whitened smile. Avoid drinking dark soft drinks, tea, coffee, and red wine for several days after undergoing a teeth whitening session.

Colored juices like tomato juice, grape juice, orange juice and cranberry juice may also stain your teeth, according to teeth whitening precautions. You can  reduce the contact of any liquids on your teeth by only sipping beverages through a straw.

Staining Foods

As with the beverages we just mentioned,  many foods and ingredients are more likely to stain your teeth. Staining culprits include dark soups, dark chocolate, tomato sauces, soy sauce, stews, beets, dark marinades, and blueberries. Indian and Spanish cuisines may also darken your teeth due to the liberal use of curry and tomato sauces. Avoiding these foods can keep your teeth bright and white. 

Cold Drinks and Foods

Teeth may be sensitive to cold temperatures for nearly 36 hours after a whitening session. To reduce pain due to temperature sensitivity, avoid direct contact with any cold foods and drinks. If your sensitivity is high, avoid eating some foods straight from the refrigerator and only consume items at room temperature or warmer.

Acidic Foods

The process of teeth whitening can easily leave teeth temporarily sensitive to all acidic foods and drinks, resulting in discomfort and pain while eating.

As the bossier dentist, low-pH items such as limes, oranges, vinegar, lemons, pineapple, pickles, grapefruit, and soft drinks can raise the acidity of your saliva, possibly damaging areas of your teeth that have already weakened by whitening chemicals.

Avoiding these items after your whitening treatment can assist you to prevent food-related pain. According to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, you may be specifically sensitive to acidic foods or drinks if you have preexisting cracks in your teeth, gum recession, or leaking dental restorations.

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Dr Chris Mott

Dental Visit

An essential step before teeth whitening is consultation from your Bossier dentist to determine if whitening is recommended and to determine whether or not you may have sensitivity issues afterwards. Your dentist can easily carry out an evaluation of your teeth and also conduct a “touch and air” test to find out the kind of whitening treatment that would be most appropriate for your specific teeth.

If you need more advice about teeth whitening, visit Dr. Chris A. 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.

 

Need a Root Canal? Here’s What You Can Expect

Toothaches can be quite uncomfortable. Nobody can deny this. The best way to deal with dental pain is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Mott can help keep your teeth and gums clean, healthy, and pain-free. We realize, however, that sometimes things happen and tooth pain is inevitable.

There are times when a root canal is the best possible course of treatment for particular dental ailments. Root canals have a history of being one of the most vilified dental procedures of all-time. There are so many joke and stories swirling around about root canals that people tend to avoid them altogether unless their dental issues prove so excruciating that they are forced to face their fears.

But, are root canals really so scary? Is there any truth to the stories people tell about them? We’re here today to solve that mystery and put your mind at ease once and for all concerning root canals. Let’s get started…

Before building up huge amounts of anxiety about whether or not you need a root canal, let’s discuss some of the times dentists opt to perform this procedure.

Reasons You May Need a Root Canal

Root canals become necessary when the natural cavity surrounded by pulp within one’s tooth where the nerve resides becomes infected. When a bacterial infection attacks this cavity, the bacteria in question produce a gas that exerts pressure upon the tooth’s nerve. It is because of this pressure that pain manifests.

Some people have been known to struggle with additional symptoms such swelling of the face and neck. The excruciating pain resulting from these infections isn’t always immediate. Most people first struggle with mild levels of discomfort which manifest whenever they are eating or drinking.

Rather than waiting for the pain to emerge, such problems can be identified using an X-ray, at which point you could come in to see Dr. Mott and seek treatment.

What Exactly is a Root Canal?

The term refers to a dental procedure during which the nerve of a tooth (and the pulp surrounding it) are removed. As scary as it may sound, this procedure will not affect the health of your tooth. The nerve and the pulp in your cavity only exist to fulfill sensory purposes. This nerve is the reason you can feel hot and cold temperatures around your teeth. Removing the nerve will do little to affect the health of your tooth.

The Procedure

Root canals are relatively straightforward procedures. Before one is performed, an X-ray must be carried out to identify the problem and determine the extent of the damage. Once the actual procedure begins, the area around the tooth in question is numbed.

A hole is then drilled into the tooth, providing access to the nerve and pulp which is then removed, along with any decayed tissue. The cavity of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and then sealed. It is that simple.

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Dr Chris Mott

Sometimes, the root canal cannot be completed on the same day, in which case the hole in the tooth is covered using temporary filling until the next appointment.
Root canals are almost always a success and are generally painless. People who complain about the pain of a root canal are usually talking about the discomfort they were dealing with before they sought the dental care to relieve the pain. When performed by an experienced professional such as Dr. Mott, root canals will relieve pain and restore your mouth to its original pain-free condition.

Dr. Chris A. Mott is a highly-experienced and well-respected dentist serving the Shreveport and Bossier areas. If you feel you may be in need of a root canal or just need a cleaning or checkup, please feel free to call our office and set up an appointment. We would love to welcome you into the Mott dental family.

Most Incredible Toothbrushes of All time

Toothbrushes are one of the most ordinary items in life, it is almost hard to imagine how their monotonous design can be complicated or simplified. But somehow, people still manage to add unusual aspects. New models of toothbrushes are introduced yearly. Here is an outline of some of the most incredible toothbrushes of all time.

  • Dew toothbrush, self-standing toothbrush

The handle of this toothbrush is weighted and has a rounded end so that it can balance on the base. When this toothbrush is set down, it sways momentarily until it balances hence eliminating the concerns that your toothbrush maybe resting on a dirty surface

  • OHSO pocket toothbrush

This pocket toothbrush is convenient and compact. It has a small easy to fill and air-tight chamber that holds toothpaste saving travelers the hassle of carrying both toothpaste and a toothbrush. It is stored in a small plastic case and it can fit in the pocket, purse or a backpack.

  • Brush and Rinse Toothbrush

The current methods of getting water to the mouth when brushing create a lot of waste, are sloppy and they strain the body. This toothbrush solves this problem by redirecting water from the faucet to the mouth allowing easy rinsing.

  • Environmental Toothbrush

The love for the environment and brushing earned Dentist Natalya Taylor the idea to create these environmental toothbrushes. They are made from natural cellulose fiber and bamboo. They are environmentally sustainable, 100 percent biodegradable and do not pollute the environment.

  • Double Fast Toothbrush

This is a double sided electric toothbrush with bristles on both the bottom and the top. They are ideal for people who are compulsive about their oral hygiene yet hardly have time to brush their teeth normally.

  • Toothbrush without Toothpaste

Known as Soladey-J3X , these are solar powered toothbrushes that do not require toothpaste. Instead, they have a solar panel at the base that transmits electrons to the top of the toothbrush. The electrons react with the acid in the mouth creating a chemical reaction that kills bacteria and breaks down plaque. In order to operate efficiently, Soladey-J3X require twice the amount of light a solar powered calculator does.

  • Finger Mounted Toothbrush

Finger mounted toothbrushes are said to be one of the most effective toothbrushes. They comprise of a finger glove and a toothbrush that is a mounted at the top.

  • Silicone Baby Toothbrush

With a design similar to a finger mounted toothbrush, silicone baby toothbrushes are made of silicone and they are designed for babies who have not yet had teeth.

  • Pocket Electric Toothbrush

These toothbrushes are aimed at busy yet oral hygiene conscious women with crowded purses for a heavy tube of toothpaste and a big toothbrush. They feature a toothbrush that is concealed in a tube-like case that looks like a tube of mascara. They also have an AA battery that can last for about three months under normal use.

  • Tooth Tunes Toothbrush

Hasbro, a toy and board game company based in the US created these toothbrushes with the aim of convincing kids that brushing is fun. When the user presses a button, they play pop music and the better one brushes, the better the sound of the song being played.

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.

Scary and Not-So-Scary Halloween Treats: A Dental Perspective

It’s that time of year again, where goblins and ghosts haunt your streets in search of a tasty morsel or two. It’s the time of year that children love and dentists despise due to the vast amounts of sugary Halloween treats. Most kids hurry home and, after a thorough checking of their candy by an adult, dive into their sugary treats with complete disregard for their dental hygiene. After all, who’s going to stop and think about brushing and flossing at a time like this? This is Halloween, for Pete’s sake! It only comes once a year!

We parents can work together to make Halloween fun and not so devastating to your kid’s dental health. By choosing dental-friendly Halloween treats to pass out, both kids and parents can look forward to some Halloween shenanigans. Here we go over some of the healthier snacks and treats to give to your trick-or-treaters.

Not-So-Scary Treats

Most dentists will agree that it’s best to stay away from sugary treats all-together, however, they do understand that kids will be kids, so they have some healthier options to offer kids. Chocolate treats that don’t have sticky fillings are a good option. Sugar-free gum or cookies that won’t stick to kid’s teeth are good as well. Look for cookies that are soft and not filled. You could also choose to give away pretzels or goldfish crackers that are nutritious and not loaded with sugar. Pencils, stickers, notepads, bouncy balls, or yo-yos are also fun options that won’t damage their pearly whites.

Super-Scary Treats

As a general rule, anything sticky is horrible for your teeth. This includes anything gummy, taffy, caramels, or sugary nuts or coconut. Hard candies like Jolly Ranchers or suckers fall into the super-scary treat category as well, especially the suckers with the bubble gum or tootsie roll fillings. These are especially bad because your child’s teeth are exposed to the sugar for a longer time period as the candy dissolves. What’s more, if your child bites down on hard candies they could quite possibly chip or crack a tooth.

Candies such as Sour Patch Kids or any other highly acidic candy should be avoided at all cost. This acid can damage the tooth enamel and also feeds damaging bacteria in your child’s mouth.

If your child wears braces, you need to be especially careful about the types of treats your orthodontist approves of. Foods like gum, popcorn or other soft candies can become trapped in your child’s braces and either damage their braces or their teeth, and in some cases both.

Best Options for Dental Health

As we mentioned earlier, you can bypass the candy option all together and choose to hand out treats that are still fun but not edible. Rubber spiders, tattoos, raisins, crayons and mini-coloring or puzzle books are all great options, especially for kids with braces. And the best part of these types of treats is you don’t have to check them for tampering. They are safe as is.

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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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.

Dr. Chris A Mott

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.

Fun Foods That Are Great for Your Kid’s Teeth

Good nutrition is important to a child’s health, but that includes their teeth too! Kids are constantly growing and developing, and so are their teeth, which is why they require foods from each food group.

The question is, exactly what kinds of foods are best? Here are the foods that will help keep your child’s dental health in tip-top shape.

Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats

For optimum health, it is suggested that carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are included in every meal, but balance is key.

Normally, a child’s diet has a higher concentration of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates contain starches and sugars. Some are harmful, and some are essential. The complex carbohydrates found in vegetables and fruits are more beneficial, while the starchy carbohydrates in pasta and bread can be more problematic if consumed in large quantities.

Dairy

If your child is not lactose intolerant, try adding some yogurt, cheese, and milk to the menu. Foods rich in calcium are believed to help tooth strength and brightness. These foods are also great for promoting strong bones, which is super important, especially when it comes to growing children.

Lean proteins and nuts

The phosphorus found in certain protein-rich foods can prove helpful in restoring minerals to your kid’s teeth, which in turn protects the enamel. Protein is also the building block of muscle, and who doesn’t want to have strong muscles? Remember, the heart is a muscle too!

Fruits low in acid

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and that includes the dentist! The crunchiness of the fruit helps work your kid’s teeth as he or she chews, and the water content acts as a buffer that protects the teeth from acid. Chewing on fruits can also help work other food particles out from between teeth.

Water

Water is often overlooked, but it’s so important to your child’s health. No soda, energy drink, juice, or fortified water is better than plain old water. Most people do not get enough good, pure, wholesome water into their bodies to promote good health.

Water is a natural lubricant and cleanser. It is a necessary catalyst for the essential metabolism of the body, and it’s a cleansing agent that flushes waste and toxic materials from the cells in the body.

Water hydrates the body and is perhaps the best liquid to drink for maintaining a kid’s teeth. If your child enjoys soda, juice, or other drinks, try to limit their consumption and replace those sugary drinks with water instead.

There’s no substitute for regular brushing

All types of foods and snacks have the ability to cause dental cavities. Cookies, candy, pastries, and cake get the most attention when cavity-producing foods are discussed. Yet, fruits, milk, peanut butter, pretzels, chips, and juices can be equally detrimental. Regulating your child’s eating habits, along with promoting regular brushing habits, is the best way to support your child’s dental health.

Prevention is key

If no action is taken to maintain proper dental health, acid can attack the tooth enamel, allowing tooth decay to penetrate into the soft tissue inside the tooth. If the decay is not treated in its early stages, it will progress to the tooth pulp, a soft tissue containing nerves, arteries, veins, and lymph vessels. Eventually, an abscess will begin to form at the root, and without endodontic (root canal) treatment, the tooth will be lost. Proper nutrition can spare your child the pain and agony of premature tooth loss and dental disease. Prevention is key.

If you have any questions or concerns about your family’s dental health, give Dr. Mott a call. We can schedule a checkup for your child and answer any questions you may have about the best foods to feed your family for optimal dental health.

Is This The End of Root Canals?

Dentistry’s most horrifying treatment, the root canal, is soon to be long forgotten thanks to radical new stem cell therapy. Researchers have said that this new tooth-filling method will cause teeth to repair and even regenerate. This approach will significantly impact millions of people with dental issues every year, providing dental fillings that will help heal teeth injured by dental surgery or disease.

Wyss Institute of Harvard University
Researchers on dental care from the Wyss Institute of Harvard University and the University of Nottingham have come up with a therapeutic, light-curable, synthetic biomaterial. They are supposed to allow native dental stem cells from teeth to repair and regenerate dentin. Research shows that the dental fillings currently common in dentistry are deadly to cells and, therefore, are incompatible with the pulp tissue inside the tooth. For now, the scientists involved in this study have been exceptionally recognized for their soon-to-be huge discovery—even the Royal Society of Chemistry is awarding them.

Still Testing….
For many of us, this is, indeed, news to make us smile, but not so fast. At this point, cell cultures are still being tested in labs and will soon be tested on rodents. The good news is that the stem cells could very well be the solution to ending root canals; however, unfortunately, it’s still unknown when this procedure could be applied to humans, and it could take years of testing and research for it to be introduced into modern dentist’s’ practice. However, for now, the research is successful, and it’s just a matter of time before this becomes a reality.

Why Is the New Research So Important?
As said earlier, the materials currently used in dental care to fill a patient’s tooth normally have content that is harmful to oral cells. With this new scientific discovery, scientists say they are hopeful they will put an end to that. They are also hopeful that this technique will recreate parts of a patient’s tooth in a safe and a natural way. They are also confident the use of stem cells could end the painful, loud, anxiety-causing drilling method of doing root canals.

Imagine what this could do. More and more people may actually want to be checked and treated since this new method will be painless and, most importantly, will not let impurities in your mouth. Business will also be good for dentists.

So, should we still be treated with traditional root canals until this procedure is released?

While we wait for this new discovery procedure to be made publicly available to treat humans, there is still hope. Currently, lasers are used in root canal therapy while using high pressure plus water in getting rid of dead or infected oral tissues and infections. With this new awaited method, those dreadful thoughts we always get when planning to see a dentist will be gone.

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.

Dental Coverage For Seniors Can Be Difficut to Find

It is no secret that aging is not a pleasant experience. It takes a toll on your general well-being including your teeth. Unfortunately, older people seeking dental services face considerable challenges because they cannot rely on their Medicare coverage.

According to an analysis by American Dental Association between 2011 and 2014, over a third of seniors with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level, equivalent to an annual income of $23,000 had untreated tooth decay.

Dr. Michael Helgeson, CEO of Apple Tree Dental explained the cause of this is due to the fact that almost every senior after reaching the age of 65 has to pay for dental out of pocket.

Apple Tree is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis and it operates a total of eight clinics in both California and Minnesota targeting underserved seniors. It also has mobile clinics that provide onsite dental care services at nursing homes and other elder care facilities.

“Medicare does not cover dental care unless it is among the services received in a hospital. However, a senior citizen can have some dental coverage under the Medicare Advantage Program, though it is very minimal and the range of services varies. The plan is more of a loss leader meant to attract people.” Says Dr. Judith Jones, a dentistry professor at Boston University.

Somehow, the elderly  are victims of success in dentistry. Water fluoridation daily tooth brushing along with regular dental visits have led to the improvements in oral health. Today, more than 60% of the elderly living in nursing homes still have their teeth unlike in the early 20th century when people in their 30s and 40s had lost most of their teeth.

But all teeth require care without which, teeth problems will lead to pain which in turn limits the type of food one eats. Conversely, loose the teeth allow bacteria to enter the body.

According to Jones, poor oral health is a source of suffering and embarrassment to low-income seniors without access to dental care.

With no insurance coverage and limited income, seniors are forced to skip dental visits even though they may have overflowing dental issues such as difficulty with chewing and biting, painful and dry mouths, not to mention damaged teeth which leads them, many times,  to avoid interaction or even smiling.

Medicaid, a program created by the federal government to provide free medical services for low-income people covers children dental care but adult dental coverage is spottier. Most states offer emergency dental care to all people with Medicaid but there are eight states that do not offer dental benefits to adults. This is according to a study by Oral Health America.

“It’s not a worthwhile investment for seniors to purchase private dental coverage due to the high premiums and copays.” said Marko Vujicic, vice president of American Dental Association Health Policy Institute.

Low-income seniors only have a few options when it comes to dental care. Federally funded  health centers may offer senior dental services based on one’s income and Apple Tree may try and help a small number of seniors living in their service regions but they are simply a band-aid of sorts.

Dr. Judith Jones recommends Medicare to add a dental benefit for seniors providing diagnostic as well as preventive dental services and seniors needing costly restorative work like bridges and crown can copay. More work still needs to be done in order to make dental care affordable for all seniors.

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.

What You Don’t Know About Gummy Vitamins Can Hurt You

With modern day parenting, it’s hard to ensure that your children get a healthy, nutritious meal. Parents are super busy with work, chores, errands and caring for the kids, making it almost impossible to have a home cooked meal most nights of the week. As a result, parents sometimes rely on prepackaged foods or fast food, which is not always a healthy option. The kids don’t seem to mind, but you know they could be eating better.

As a parent you are left wondering, how do I give my children the nutrients they need when I am unable to cook a healthy and nutritious meal for them? Many parents have opted to give their children supplements such as vitamins. Since most children do not like swallowing tablets, the most common children’s vitamins are gummy vitamins. Unfortunately, they have a number of drawbacks. These vitamins may give your children the nutrients they are lacking from their diet but they are not the best option for good oral health.

High Sugar Content

Gummy vitamins are packed with more sugar than chewable vitamins or even the multivitamin you swallow. Compared to standard multivitamins, gummy vitamins have 7 times more sugar. It’s no secret that the sweetness and flavoring are meant to make them palatable. If your goal is to have your kids eat sugar-free or low sugar foods, then this definitely not the best option for you.

Today’s children tend to lead more sedentary lives than previous generations. With the dawn of the internet and video games, kids just aren’t getting outside and exercising like they used to. With childhood obesity on the rise, parents need to be more mindful than ever about the amount of sugar and calories their child’s diet contains. Sugary gummy vitamins are some of the worst offenders.

The Sticky Truth

Though gummy vitamins have a higher sugar content compared to other vitamins, it’s not as high as most of the gummy snacks children normally eat. This might tempt some parents to dismiss the sugar content in gummy vitamins and keep buying them out of sheer convenience. Before you do that, here’s something else you need to know.

Gummy vitamins have a sticky consistency which makes them stick in teeth longer than standard chewable vitamins. It can stick for a whole day and could possibly cause cavities. The sugar sits between the child’s teeth till the child brushes their teeth. Even then, it’s impossible to know if your child has sufficiently removed all of the sticky matter from their teeth. If this happens for weeks or even months, it can lead to cavities.

Healthier, Better Alternatives

Although vitamins are a good supplement for children and adults, gummy vitamins are not the best choice. If you need chewable vitamins, choose powdery instead of sticky ones. Once your children are comfortable with swallowing pills, switch to supplements they can easily swallow and save yourself from the constant worry about them getting cavities. Your children may not like the less sugary chewable vitamin tablets, but you need to remember that it is a much healthier choice. A small amount of drinking water is enough to remove the powder left in your child’s mouth after chewing the pill. To create a routine, give the children the chewable vitamin at the same time every day.

Proper Tooth Care

Choosing the right vitamin is the first step towards proper dental care. You should also find a good dentist, like Dr. Mott,  and have your children get a check-up once in every 6 months. Ensure that your children floss and brush their teeth twice daily. They should brush their top teeth for a minute and the same should follow for the bottom.

If you absolutely can’t do away with gummies, then ensure that you give your children their vitamin just before they brush their teeth. Avoiding the negative side of these vitamins will go a long way in keeping your family’s smiles bright.

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.