Keeping Teeth Pearly White Over the Holidays

Nothing tastes better than the savory dishes and sweet treats of the holidays. However, those tasty meals and treats can wreak havoc on your teeth, yellowing them and even potentially causing cavities. Many dentist offices are closed over the holidays and are generally booked with last minute appointments. Fortunately there are several home remedies and tips that can keep your teeth pearly white and healthy over the holidays. (more…)

Exciting Findings in New Dental Study

children studying moleculeA new study released in May of 2014, gives a glimpse into the possible future of dentistry. For the very first time, low powered lasers have been used to stimulate stem cells in the body of mice to make new tissue. According to the study released from a Harvard bio-engineer, Dr. David Mooney, and co-author, Dr. Praveen Arany, a dentist and pathologist, the results may have application not only in dentistry, but in medicine as well. Dr. Steven Van Wicklen of Austin keeps abreast of coming advances in dentistry, such as those found in this study. (more…)

What Do I Do About My Child’s Thumb Sucking?

young boy with thumb in mouthIf you are like many parents, you may be concerned that your child is still sucking his/her thumb. Remember, though, thumb sucking is a normal part of a child’s development. As children approach four years of age, however, you might have to help them break the habit. Dr. Steven Van Wicklen can help you figure out how to best approach this with your child. Below are some ideas which have proven over time to be effective. (more…)

Will Whitened Teeth Last?

Many people wonder how long whitened teeth will last. Dr. Steven Van Wicklen does a fantastic job whitening teeth, but the length your teeth stay white is largely up to you.

The questions and answers below can provide much of the information you may be seeking.  teethwhitening

Q: Are there any foods that might help me keep my teeth white?

A: Yes, there are. Apples, pears, and “hard” fruits are a great way to keep your teeth white.

Fresh vegetables eaten raw are also good. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and green bean are beneficial. (more…)

Question And Answers About Your Chances of Gum Disease

Would you be surprised to learn that you have a disease which may lead to major health issues and yet, you are totally unaware? For many Americans this is their predicament.  Gum disease affects a huge portion of the population including over 70% of those 65 years of age or older. Dr. Steven Van Wicklen,  has been assisting patients fight gum disease for many years. (more…)

How Modern Dentistry Saves You Time

CheckUpHave you ever wondered why, with all of our modern conveniences, you never seem to have enough time? We have access to a level of technology undreamed of by previous generations, yet we feel constantly harried, jetting from home to work to school and all points in between with hardly a moment to take a breath and reflect. While medical experts bemoan the impact all of this busyness has on our collective health and theorists speculate that we stay busy to give our lives meaning, your dentist has modern technology available to help make less of an impact on your schedule.

Three Tips to Green Your Hygiene Routine

Kermit the Frog may have sang “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” but when it comes to caring for your smile – and for the earth – “greening” your dental hygiene routine is surprisingly simple. Today, we’re highlighting three ways to reduce your carbon footprint and your impact on natural resources while still ensuring your smile remains healthy and beautiful.

1. Turn Off the Faucet While Brushing

The average faucet in an American home flows at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. If you brush your teeth for two minutes (as recommended by the American Dental Association), you’re pouring 5 gallons of clean, drinkable water down the drain. (more…)

How Important is Tongue Cleaning?

While brushing your teeth is imperative in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease, a recent study found cleaning your tongue is also an important part of good oral hygiene.

The Iwate (Japan) Medical University crossover study, released in January, concluded that even though tongue cleaning didn’t suppress dental plaque formation it did significantly reduce the amount of bacteria coating the tongue.

Dr. Van Wicklen recommends Austinites to add tongue cleaning to their daily brushing and flossing routine. (more…)