Tooth decay is the result of having an excess amount of acid-producing bacteria inside the mouth, which leads to cavities. Tooth decay normally occurs when the amount of healthy activity the mouth is outweighed by the disease causing activity; it is not directly linked to genetics like some may believe.

Be sure to brush your teeth and take care of them properly:

  • Brush for at LEAST two minutes, if not more (and give equal attention to each part of your mouth)
  • Use proper technique (avoid big horizontal strokes, brush up and down and/or in circles)
  • Use the proper toothpaste (it should contain fluoride)
  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Use a good mouthwash (antiseptic or antibacterial)

If you do all of the above, you’re on the right track for better oral health. However, it’s important to stay away from harmful activities that can work against your mouth: smoking, drinking acidic drinks too often, taking medications that cause dry mouth, and not treating frequent heartburn or acid reflux.

It’s a good idea to talk with your dentist about how to reduce tooth decay. They may recommend techniques or tips about how to maintain saliva production (saliva helps maintain a neutral pH balance in your mouth). If you believe you’re suffering from tooth decay, haven’t had a checkup in a while, or are experience any kind of oral irritation, be sure to schedule an appointment with a dentist soon so he or she can take a look and suggest treatment options. If you’re looking for a dentist in the San Marcos, TX area, give Larry D. Molenda, D.D.S. a call to set up an appointment to make your smile beautiful!