The Hidden Sugars In Our Food WHEN WE THINK OF SUGARY FOOD, we usually picture things like candy, cake, pie, ice cream, and soda, but there is sugar hiding in many of the foods we buy at the grocery store — even foods we don’t think of as sweet! This is bad news for our… Read more »
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How your meds may be affecting your Oral Health!
MEDICAL PROBLEMS ARE things none of us ask for but many of us have, and with medical problems come medications. Unfortunately, along with medications come side-effects, and these often have a negative impact on oral health. The Delicate Balance Of Our Mouths Our oral health does best when our mouths can stay close to a… Read more »
4 Ways Smiling Improves Our Health!
WE’VE ALL HEARD the old cliché that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, so you should smile to conserve energy! That’s actually false. It takes a minimum of ten muscles to smile but only a minimum of six to frown, so the expression should really be “smile to burn calories!” But smiling… Read more »
Are Invisible Aligners Right For You?
THE TIME WHEN getting braces meant spending years with a mouth full of metal that hooked to bulky headgear is long past. These days, traditional wire braces are more streamlined and discreet, but the option that has become increasingly popular for orthodontic treatment is the invisible aligner. How can you know if this option is… Read more »
Dental Crowns in Just One Visit with Your Austin Dentist
Dental crowns are a common and time-honored treatment for repairing and protecting teeth that have been structurally compromised. As a replica of your tooth’s upper portion (also called a crown), a dental crown is placed over the tooth and acts as a shield, or in some cases, a cosmetic improvement to a severely unsightly tooth…. Read more »
Your Austin Cosmetic Dentist Has the Tools to Improve Your Smile
There was a time when dentistry’s main concern was treating decayed teeth and extracting severely damage and useless ones. In time, replacing those missing teeth became as important a focus as treating those present, and today, making your smile as beautiful as it is healthy has become a focus of its own within the dental… Read more »
What to Do for a Dental Emergency in Austin
Our South Austin dentist understands that Austinites are adventurous people. Whether your stand-up paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake, climbing Enchanted Rock, or taking a dip in Barton Creek, we want you to be prepared for a dental emergency. That’s why our South Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, offers emergency dental appointments. Dr. Van Wicklen will… Read more »
We’re All About Mouthguards this National Safety Month
Active Austin Residents: Consider Mouth Protection Did you know that in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals, a single hockey player lost seven teeth to a dental injury in one game? The missing tooth grin may be a signature hockey look, but research suggests knocked out teeth are not isolated to the National Hockey League, or… 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 »
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 »