Posts By: Tooth Fairy

Prosthetic Dentistry from Your Austin Dentist

A few weeks ago, we talked about cosmetic dentistry, which is also called aesthetic dentistry. Austin dentist Dr. Stephen Van Wicklen is renowned in the art of aesthetic dentistry, but he is also highly skilled in another popular form of dental care: prosthetic dentistry. What is Prosthetic Dentistry? Because your teeth are a functioning mechanism… Read more »

What’s The Deal with Gum Disease?

What Causes Gum Disease? Gum disease is caused by bacteria, mostly Porphyromonas gingivalis. This bacterium likes the airless environment below your gum line. Once there, it begins to cause irritation in your gum and bone tissue. This inflammation causes the red, swollen, tender gums that bleed during flossing and are a classic hallmark of periodontitis…. Read more »

Oral Care for Kids

Children need to learn proper oral care at an early age, and it’s up to their parents to encourage correct behaviors. Remember, your child should visit Dr. Van Wicklen around age one to assess for developmental teeth problems and learn good oral habits. Children’s Dental Care Baby teeth fall out, so what’s the point of… Read more »

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

In today’s standards, a “beautiful” smile is white, straight, and sparkling. If you look in the mirror and see discoloration, chips, cracks, misalignment, or any other visual problem, Dr. Van Wicklen offers cosmetic treatments that can help fix your defects. What is Cosmetic Dentistry? Cosmetic techniques can change and improve the visual appearance of your… Read more »

A Great Smile is Closer Than You Think with Invisalign

The benefits of straight teeth go far beyond just having a beautiful smile. Straight teeth are easier to clean, allow you to bite and chew more effectively, and contribute to the overall health of your gums and jaw. Given the choice, we’d all love to have perfect teeth, but how many of us are willing to… Read more »

Six Bad Dental Habits

Good hygiene is important to keep your teeth healthy, but you have to do it correctly. If you relate to any of these top worst dental habits, visit Dr. Van Wicklen to restore your smile. Improper Brushing: Brushing incorrectly does more harm than good. Top brushing mistakes include brushing too hard, not often enough, and… Read more »

The Importance of Your Medical History

Did you know your oral health and overall body health are connected? Body illnesses, diseases, and medications can affect what happens in your mouth and how certain treatments react and work. At your appointment with Dr. Van Wicklen, we will take a full medical history and family history analysis to help determine your risk of… Read more »

“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… Read more »

Are You Looking for a Dentist in Austin?

Dr. Steven Van Wicklen is experienced in preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Serving the Austin community since 1985, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas’ Health Science Center in San Antonio. He also received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. He recently won… Read more »

Welcome To Your Austin Dental Blog!

Welcome to the new dental blog for Dr. Steven Van Wicklen, DDS! The goal of this blog is to educate our readers and patients about how to keep healthy smiles for life. We encourage you to subscribe to our blog by entering your email address on the right side of this page so you can… Read more »