By James Pechloff
August 22, 2017
Tags: Hygiene   Habits  

It’s time we put your daily dental routine under the microscope.Oral Hygiene Habits

Sure, caring for your smile should be easy, and yet there are so many people who just don’t know the first thing about what keeps teeth and gums healthy. It’s okay; there is no need to worry. Our Wauwatosa, WI, dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, is here to provide some helpful advice for maintaining the best oral health possible.

Quit Smoking

This is a habit that can have some pretty detrimental short- and long-term effects on your oral health. Most people know by now that smoking is bad for your health, but it can also lead to everything from chronic bad breath and cavities to gum disease, infections, delayed healing and oral cancer. If you are a smoker or a tobacco consumer, ditching the habit altogether will improve your oral health by leaps and bounds.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Most people don’t realize just how much sugar is in their diet. Even if you don’t drink sodas or eat dessert that often you may be shocked to find out that sugar is hiding in a lot of the everyday foods you consume whether they be seemingly healthy salad dressings or that small cup of yogurt. A good rule of thumb, thanks to the American Heart Association, is to not consume more than 37.5 grams (men) or 25 grams (women) of sugar per day. Read those food labels more carefully and your smile will thank you.

Visit the Dentist

While your at-home dental care is so very important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, this should never take the place of visiting our Wauwatosa general dentist every six months for routine cleanings. If you are someone who is prone to decay and is at risk for gum disease, you may need to come in more regularly for professional cleanings. Talk to us to find out how regularly you should be getting dental check-ups.

Don’t Forget to Floss

While brushing is a habit that no one should forget, flossing is something that surprisingly few people actually do. If you aren’t flossing once a day then you are doing your smile a great disservice. How else do you expect to remove plaque from between teeth? Your toothbrush won’t be able to reach and clean those hard-to-reach spots, but floss can. Floss at least once a day, preferably at night before going to bed, to remove plaque from between teeth and along the gum line.

Do you have questions about your at-home oral care routine? Need to schedule your routine checkup? Whatever your needs might be, it’s time you called our Wauwatosa, WI, dental office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Pechloff.