By James Pechloff
May 04, 2017
Category: Dental Conditions

Choosing the best dentist for you can be a confusing process. Should you go with a cosmetic dentist? One who focuses on restoration or implant dentistry? Do your kids need a special, pediatric dentist? A family dentist encompasses all of these things and more. Find out more about family dentistry and if you could benefit from a family dentist with Dr. James Pechloff in Wauwatosa, WI.

What is family dentistry? 
Some dentists choose to specialize in certain branches of dentistry or age groups. Family dentistry focuses on serving all of the members of your family, whether it is the baby’s first dental appointment or your grandmother who is being fitted for a denture.

Do I need a family dentist? 
A family dentist makes juggling family life easy. Rather than taking extra days off of work to drive the kids to one dentist’s office and grandma to another, you can schedule all of your family’s appointments at the same place and even on the same day, saving you extra trips, extra time off work, and the stress of organizing it all. Additionally, your family’s dental records are all kept in one place with a family dentist, allowing you easy access if necessary. Finally, a family dentist can see someone from the time they have their first appointment well into their adulthood. This means building a solid foundation for a successful dentist/patient relationship.

Some of the services your family dentist provides include:

  • Dental Bonding: Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored material using a special light, which bonds the material to the teeth to improve a patient's smile. Bonding is used to repair cracked, decayed and chipped teeth. Bonding is also used to close gaps between teeth and improve the appearance of discolored teeth.
  • Dental Crowns: A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic object that looks like a tooth and is attached to a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are used to restore chipped, badly decayed, cracked, discolored, damaged and weakened teeth. With proper care, crowns can last many years. Maintaining good dental hygiene will help your dental crown last longer.
  • Cosmetic Fillings: Fillings are used to treat decay/cavities and repair broken or cracked teeth. Cosmetic fillings are dental fillings that match the color of the rest of the teeth. Cosmetic fillings will make your teeth look like new again.

Family Dentistry in Wauwatosa, WI
Patients of all ages should see their dentist at least twice a year for examinations and cleanings. Parents should schedule their child’s first dental appointment by the time they turn three years old, or if the patient has any concerns about their child’s teeth, whichever event comes first. Patients should maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine at home to keep their teeth healthy and clean by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once.

For more information on family dentistry, please contact Dr. James Pechloff in Wauwatosa, WI. Call (414) 475-5505 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pechloff today!

By Dr. James Pechloff
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Maintaining a healthy, cavity-free smile is truly not as difficult as it may seem.preventative dentistry

Despite the fact that decay and gum disease seem to be all too commonplace, you’ll be happy to know that you do have the power to prevent these dental problems. In fact, it’s really pretty easy to protect your teeth and keep them healthy. Our Wauwatosa, WI, dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, believes that preventing an issue is much easier than trying to cure it, and we know you probably agree. Here is what preventive dentistry entails and why it’s important:

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is any kind of action or procedure that is designed to protect teeth and gums to avoid dental problems. Preventive dentistry includes:

  • Daily at-home brushing and flossing
  • Maintaining a healthy balanced diet and avoiding sugar and processed carbs
  • Dental sealants and fluoride for children and teens
  • Preventing injuries (e.g. wearing mouth guards during sports activities; wearing a night guard to prevent teeth grinding)
  • Dental sealants for children and teens
  • Routine professional cleanings and exams

Why is preventive dentistry necessary?

If you talk to our Wauwatosa dentist, he will surely tell you that many issues that patients come in with are largely due to poor hygiene. With a surprising percentage of people that don’t brush and floss regularly, it’s no wonder that decay and gum disease happen as often as they do. Plus, many people don’t feel like dealing with their dental health until a serious issue arises. Then time and a lot of money are wasted sitting in a dental chair trying to correct the problems that could have been avoided in the first place. Instead of just waiting until it’s necessary to get treatment, it’s important that you focus on always maintaining the very best oral health so that you don’t face issues later on.

If you need to schedule your next visit then it’s time you called our Wauwatosa, WI, dental office. You should be visiting us at least twice a year to get proper cleanings and care. These visits are a necessary part of sustaining healthy teeth and gums.

By Dr. James Pechloff
January 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The advantage of wearing dentures cannot be overstated. Not only do they enhance your smile, but they make eating easier and talking denturesmore natural. The restored structure inside the mouth also helps to "prop up" the facial muscles that can sag in the absence of teeth. Dr. James Pechloff, your dentist in Wauwatosa, WI, offers two main types of dentures: partial and complete. If you've been thinking about dentures, but aren't sure which type you need, this article may help you.

Partial

If you're missing a few of your natural teeth but the rest are otherwise healthy, your Wauwatosa dentist might suggest partial dentures. These appliances consist of one or more porcelain teeth attached to an acrylic base that resembles the gums surrounding it. Partials, as they're often called, are held in place with curved metal clasps that attach to the teeth nearby. They are removed for cleaning and at night.

Complete

Complete dentures are the traditional "false teeth" that most people are familiar with, although great strides have been made to make them more comfortable and natural-looking. They are designed for people who either have no remaining natural teeth or need their teeth extracted due to health concerns. Complete dentures are crafted in a laboratory from measurements taken by your Wauwatosa dentist and fit over the upper and lower gum ridges through the use of adhesive paste and/or natural suction. Like partials, complete dentures need to be removed during sleep and for cleaning after meals.

It takes some time to get used to wearing dentures; the muscles and tissues in and around your mouth need to adjust to the new appliance. Your Wauwatosa, WI dentist, Dr. Pechloff, will thoroughly explain the process for wearing, cleaning and storing your dentures. For any further questions, or to make an appointment, contact our office at (414) 475-5505 today!

By Dr. James Pechloff
October 25, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Like most healthy lifestyle habits, people are more likely to maintain good oral hygiene and healthcare routines if they are developed oral hygieneand solidified during early childhood. Even though they are temporary, keeping primary (baby) teeth healthy with daily brushing and flossing is an important step in preventing cavities and promoting strong teeth and healthy gums in the future. Introducing children to the benefits of good oral hygiene habits at an early age increases the likelihood of long term habits that will stick and, therefore, help prevent tooth decay and gum disease in adulthood.

Dental Care and Prevention in Wauwatosa, WI.

Dr. James F. Pechloff, a family dentist in Wauwatosa, WI., advises parents to introduce children to daily brushing and flossing as soon as the baby teeth begin to erupt and are close enough to touch. Just like permanent adult teeth, baby teeth are susceptible to cavities and tooth decay, which can affect oral health even after they have fallen out.

How to Care for Your Children's Teeth and Gums

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents to schedule a child's first visit to the dentist either after their first birthday, or six months after the first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. Young children should use a softer bristled toothbrush and parents should consult with their dentist to determine the best type of toothpaste to use for children under the age of six. Like adults, children should gently brush their teeth at least twice a day, and begin flossing once a day when appropriate. Dentists recommend that parents supervise younger children’s brushing technique as they improve and to help solidify the habit of daily brushing and flossing early in their development.

Find a Family Dentist in Wauwatosa, WE.

It is never too early, or too late, to develop a good oral hygiene routine for the entire family, including care at home and regular checkups and professional cleanings with a dentist. Contact the office of Dr. James F. Pechloff by calling (414) 475-5505 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pechloff today.

By Dr. James Pechloff
August 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

While both plaque and tartar can cause problems for your smile they are different!

Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is one surefire way to make sure that you get a clean bill of health from your Wauwatosa plaque and tartardentist Dr. James Pechloff. Of course, plaque and tartar can still buildup despite your best efforts. But what are plaque and tartar and how do they impact your oral health?

Plaque

This is a sticky thin film that builds up on the teeth and gum line. Plaque is made up of bacteria, saliva and food particles, and it forms on teeth each and every day. Unfortunately, plaque is bad for your teeth and is responsible for cavities and gum disease. But with regular brushing and flossing, you can often remove this harmful film from your teeth.

Plaque is responsible for the formation of cavities because of the acid it can create. Whenever you eat, the plaque converts the foods’ sugars into acid, which erodes healthy tooth enamel over time. Those with plaque problems may also notice that their gums bleed when they brush or floss.

Tartar

Instead of being clear and sticky like plaque, tartar is hard, yellow and can be rather unsightly. Tartar forms along the gumline and is made from plaque that hasn’t been brushed way. When plaque remains on teeth, it hardens on teeth and becomes tartar.

Just like plaque, tartar will continue to get worse until removed. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy to remove as it is with plaque. In fact, the only way to remove tartar is by seeing your dentist for a cleaning. Through special scaling instruments, we can easily remove tartar, which your regular toothbrush can’t handle.

You should be visiting your Wauwatosa preventive dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. If it’s time for your next cleaning then don’t hesitate to call Dr. Pechloff today!





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