Hopefully, you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, every day. However, we also hope that the extent of your dental hygiene routine does not end there. Like a car, your mouth needs regular professional maintenance to continue operating properly, even in you wash it often. To help you ensure a lifetime of bright and healthy smiles, your Austin family dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, explains the necessity of professional care for your oral health.
Prevention and Attention to Detail
The point of brushing and flossing your teeth is to control the excessive buildup of dental plaque, which consists mostly of oral bacteria. When these germs gather, they form the sticky biofilm to protect them and adhere to your oral tissue. Among these microbes are those responsible for the formation of tooth decay and gum disease; therefore, controlling their population is vital to maintaining your oral health. When allowed to remain for more than 48 hours, plaque calcifies (hardens) into tartar—a harder, stubborn substance that cannot be removed with a mere toothbrush and toothpaste. At your dental checkup and cleaning, Dr. Van Wicklen can thoroughly examine your oral tissues for early signs of disease and infection, improving your chances of successful treatment. Also, our talented hygienists will carefully remove residual plaque and tartar from your teeth and under your gum line to help prevent the formation of damaging dental diseases.
Excellent Oral Health in Austin
If tooth decay or gum disease has already caused damage to your oral health, you have a plethora of options for restoring your smile to its former glory. To learn more about maintaining or restoring your smile, or to attend a dental checkup and cleaning, speak with your Austin family dentist as soon as possible. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Wicklen by calling 512-448-3131. Located in the 78704 area, we proudly serve the cities of Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Bastrop, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, and all surrounding communities.