“How Often Should I Have a Dental Checkup?”

If it’s been a while since your last dental checkup, don’t worry! Dr. Steven Van Wicklen won’t judge you. He and his team of dental professionals will be happy you made the right choice. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are imperative to protecting your oral health. Even if you brush thoroughly, floss daily, and stay away from sugary foods, it’s still not enough! Professional dental cleanings tackle threats by thoroughly removing damaging buildup and particles that can lead to serious oral health problems if left untreated.

What’s the importance of a dental checkup?

One of the most important components of a dental checkup is the cleaning. Our team will gently remove all plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque is especially dangerous to your gums and teeth. It is basically a transparent, yet dangerous film of bacteria that coats your teeth—especially hard to reach places! If you haven’t had a dental cleaning in a while, chances are plaque buildup is resting at your gum line. Plaque leads to periodontal (gum) disease and can inflame and infect the soft tissues of your mouth. The threats that plaque presents are drastically diminished with a proper dental cleaning at our Austin dentist office.

What’s the importance of a dental examination?

During your dental examination, Dr. Van Wicklen will examine your overall and oral health. He can screen for oral cancers, gum disease, and check your teeth for decay and cavities. During a dental examination, we can identify problems early on; therefore saving you money in the long run and preventing the advancement of severe oral problems.  Medical research points to a connection between oral health and general well-being.  It is important that you establish a relationship with our team, tell us about new symptoms, and visit us at least twice a year.

Dr. Van Wicklen is currently accepting new patients. Contact us at (512) 448-3131. We happily serve patients in Williamson, Sunset Valley, Vinson, Austin, and the surrounding areas.