There is a constant battle in our mouth, the battle of disease. Much of our body is covered in a protective layer of skin, with only a few areas that are vulnerable to outside germs, our mouth being one of them. In fact, our mouths are exposed to the most amount of germs, which can cause decay if not removed. At South Austin Dental, we strive to not only remove decay causing bacteria and restore damaged teeth, but also to educate our patients with tips and guidance to having a healthier mouth. Together, we can help you continue to win the battle against bacteria.
Unfortunately, the battle against tooth decay is a constant one. Decay is something that we need to consider every day through diligent tooth brushing, flossing and even the foods we consume. Decay causing bacteria can enter our mouths from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the people we kiss, or even from engaging in conversations with others. Decay causing bacteria is everywhere. So, how do we battle it?
You can fight bacteria through steps including:
What happens if decay is found?
Decay occurs when bacteria feeds on the sugars present in your mouth, often in the plaque blend found along the gumline and in crevices of molars. During your cleaning appointment and regular checkup, we will look for areas of decay and determine the amount of damage that has occurred. This is often referred to as a cavity; we refer to them as caries. Either way, bacteria has caused damage to the enamel of a tooth, or in some cases has advanced beyond the enamel into the dentin layer or even into the inner pulp. We want to remove the bacteria that is causing the issue, clean the area, and then restore the tooth. Small cavities can be filled with composite filling, while larger fillings may require a dental crown, an inlay or an onlay. We can discuss your options prior to treatment.