Posts Categorized: Oral Hygiene

Austin Dentist Discusses Morning Breath Causes and Cures

Chances are, you don’t enjoy having bad breath. Unfortunately, it is still a part of the morning for most people, and for some, it may be a problem that affects more than just the start of their day. If you brush and floss your teeth every morning, then you can mostly eliminate your morning breath… Read more »

Austin Dentist Explores the Usefulness of Baking Soda

If dentistry had superstars, baking soda would be on the A-list. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda has many uses outside of dental care, from cleaning multiple surfaces throughout your house to eliminating offensive odors. Its myriad uses, however, do not diminish its effectiveness at keeping your teeth clean and healthy. In times past,… 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 »

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 »