7 Symptoms of Common Dental Problems

A clean and healthy mouth makes is essential for eating, speaking, breathing, and appearance. Dental health improves your self-esteem and enhances your social interaction, which is vital to living a happy, positive life.  You may not realize many common dental problems also attribute to health issues.

Recent Studies show that common dental problems may increase your risk of major health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Common dental problems also provide signals to many health disorders. For instance; bleeding gums are a common sign of diabetes, blood disorders, or leukemia.

1. Tooth decay

Tooth decay (also referred to as cavities or carries) are damaged areas of your teeth that have turned into holes. Most people associate cavities with children, but they affect people in all age groups. More than 90% of U.S. adults and approximately 1/3 of the world’s population have cavities.

Cavities usually occur when carbohydrates such as cereal, cake, bread, fruits, and soda get stuck between teeth. The carbohydrates, bacteria, and saliva in your mouth form dental plaque; a clear sticky film that clings to your teeth. Acids in the plaque slowly dissolve your teeth enamel, damaging your teeth and causing cavities.

To spot a cavity in your teeth, watch out for dark spots, white spots, and holes on your teeth. Small cavities are more difficult to recognize, but the trained eye of a dentist will catch them. Get rid of food particles and plaque in your mouth by brushing twice daily and flossing daily.

2. Toothaches

A toothache, also known as tooth pain, is a sharp or dull pain on your tooth and the surrounding area. The pain happens when your tooth’s nerve roots are irritated. Severe toothaches have a significant impact on the work, sleep, moods, eating, and daily activities of a person.

In general, toothaches indicate a cavity. The unpleasant pain is also caused by a variety of dental problems including; gum disease, sensitivity, teeth grinding, tooth fracture, abscess and many more. The list of possible causes is extensive, and it is best to visit a dentist immediately before the pain gets worse.

3. Bad Breath (Halitosis)

This is an unpleasant odor of the mouth. Bad breath is common among adults, but people rarely get treated because it’s perceived as embarrassing.

There are two main ways to know if you suffer from bad breath. You can lick the inside of your wrist, wait for 5-10 minutes for the saliva to dry out and then smell your wrist. You can also use dental floss on your back teeth and smell it after 2 minutes.

Bad breath can be a symptom of poor oral hygiene, use of tobacco products, or dental cavities. Persistent Halitosis may also signal gum disease, oral infections, oral cancers, and even nose or throat conditions.

4. Discolored Teeth

Discolored or stained teeth can cost someone their confidence, self-esteem and even the desire to smile. Yellow teeth are a natural part of the aging process. As your teeth enamel wears off with age, the yellowish dentin beneath starts to show. However, teeth discoloration may be a symptom of poor dental hygiene and smoking.

Beverages such as coffee, teas, wine, and colas contain substances that can also affect your enamel and cause teeth discoloration or staining.

5. Bleeding, Swollen or Tender Gums

Bleeding, swollen or tender gums are symptoms mainly caused by gum disease (Periodontal Disease). This common dental problem is caused by mouth bacteria eroding your gums and teeth. The swelling and redness are your mouth’s response to the harmful bacteria in your gum.

Dental hygiene and regular dental checkups play a significant role in preventing gum disease. What’s more, recent studies have linked untreated gum disease to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and stroke, so it’s important to have it treated immediately.

6. Sensitive Teeth

If your teeth twinge when you eat cold foods or drink hot beverages, you may be experiencing teeth sensitivity. Generally, sensitive teeth are a symptom of worn tooth enamel and exposed tooth roots. However, the sensitivity may also be caused by gum disease, cracked teeth, cavities, or a worn filling.

7. Jaw Pain

This throbbing, uncomfortable pain can affect a person’s speaking, eating or sleeping ability. The jaw is responsible for holding your gums and teeth.  Jaw pain can be a symptom of many common dental problems. Jaw pain can be a symptom of Temporomandibular disorder or TMJD (dysfunction of the muscles that move your jaw), teeth grinding, clenching, cavities, gum disease, tooth gaps, and damaged teeth.


Maintaining good dental hygiene and regular dental check-ups contribute significantly to reducing your chances of developing most common dental problems and the uncomfortable symptoms that come with them.

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. Dr Mott accepts most insurances and offers alternative payment options like CareCredit and Lending Club.  Stop in and see what everyone is talking about. Make your appointment with Dr. Mott today.

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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Tax Season Special Post: 5 Steps to Prepare for Tax Season Early

We realize this post isn’t about dental hygiene, flossing, or wisdom teeth. We also realize that the dreaded income tax day has come and gone. However, in the spirit of tax season we decided to shake things up and feature an article that will help you get a leg up on next year’s taxes. After all, reducing stress will also decrease teeth grinding, so we see this article as a win-win! Feel free to  let us know what you think.


5 Steps to Prepare for Tax Season Early

After tax season, most people heave a sigh of relief, but the pressure you usually experience during this season can be avoided if you know to how to prepare early. Follow the tips in this article and by the time the little reminders about filing your taxes arrive next spring, you will have very little to worry about.

No matter how many alpha-numericly  labeled forms you have to fill out like the 1099s from the bank or the W-2s sent by your employer, you will be fully prepared for the task. Whether you decide to make use of tax software online or one of the popular mobile apps designed to make things simpler, you will have all the documentation and data required to speed up the process.

Early preparation will help you to avoid costly mistakes that can cause you to lose money or receive unpleasant letters from the IRS. It will also help you to double check all your tax documents so you can enjoy the benefits of additional savings and peace of mind. In addition to the help you can receive from tax accountants and software, here are five effective ways to prepare early for tax season.

Develop a Better System For Each Tax Season

Learn from any challenges you faced or mistakes you made during this last tax season. For instance, you may have had some trouble summing up your gains or losses, or providing receipts for tax deductions. Instead of waiting until you receive fresh reminders from IRS, you should improve on your record keeping and accounting. Create a special place where you will file all tax related documents that come in during the year so you can easily find them.

Put Your Receipts Together

To receive maximum tax returns, you should itemize all possible tax deductions you can benefit from and start putting all your receipts together in one place. Whether they are just a few dollars or more, deductions like out-of-pocket charitable contributions, students loan interest and moving expenses to a new job are some of the commonly overlooked tax deductions. Keeping all of these receipts in order throughout the year as you receive them will save you a boat-load of time come next April. 

List Out Your Income Sources

Before the tax season comes, create a personal list of all your taxable income sources. Don’t depend on the random arrival of various tax forms from others. Your income sources could include: your employer, interest on savings, shares, and mutual funds. Using your personal income list will help you to prevent the late arrival of forms when you felt you had completed all your income tax forms. This will also give you an idea of who you may need to contact in order to obtain these forms in a timely manner if you have not received them by the time you are ready to file. 

Make IRA Contributions

Don’t allow the nature of IRA contributions to encourage you to procrastinate. Even though you can delay this contribution until the deadline for filing taxes, and it will still be accepted, we do not suggest you do so. You can reduce your stress level by removing this additional task from the list of things to do during the tax season. Get it done early; there’s no reason to wait.

Reconsider Withholding Instructions

Traditionally, it makes sense to minimize withholding and pay it during the tax season, so you can keep the money with you for the whole year. However, with the extremely low interest on money kept in a savings account, you should adopt a different approach. Change your withholding levels so that you can receive a tax refund that you can deposit as a lump sum, which will earn a much larger sum of interest.

In short, the information provided here will help you to develop a system that will speed up the tax documentation process even before the tax season arrives. These tips will also help you to keep all your tax-related records properly throughout the year. Why not prepare now and decrease your stress later? Who knows, you just may be able to file early next year.