Posts Categorized: Oral Health

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… Read more »

Dental Fillings: For the Holes in Your Teeth

A cavity is a hole in your tooth caused by decay, and if left untreated, the infection can completely consume the tooth until it falls out or requires an extraction. Before it becomes so severe, however, Dr. Van Wicklen can usually treat mild to moderate cavities with restorative dental fillings. A dental filling describes cleaning… Read more »

Advice from Your Emergency Dentist

By definition, emergencies are sudden, urgent, and usually unexpected. While most dental emergencies live up to that standard, some can be the advanced results of a pre-existing condition. For instance, a sudden, severe toothache can indicate a recent traumatic injury, or it can develop because a cavity is exposing the nerves in your tooth. Whenever… Read more »

Things to Know About Gum Disease

If you haven’t been told that you have gum disease, then it may not seem like such a big deal. Your teeth are sturdy, your gums don’t hurt, and the destructive consequences of gum disease may seem like a distant threat. Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, warns that such detachment might lead you to become… Read more »

Are Dental Cleanings the Most Important Dental Treatment?

Every six months or so, you should visit your dentist for a comprehensive checkup and cleaning. Along with brushing and flossing your teeth twice every day, regular checkups are a well-known factor in good dental health. In many respects, dental checkups and cleanings with your Austin dentist may be the most important professional dental treatment… Read more »