Good Dental Routine

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If you have a goal that you want to achieve, it is necessary to put a plan into action to help you achieve it. While many people forget that optimal oral health is a lofty goal, they often leave their oral health to chance. However, developing a good dental routine is essential because healthy smiles do not just happen. Good choices, over time, promote a healthy smile that will last for years to come.

A good dental routine is not difficult to develop or implement. In fact, as with most routines, simple is best. Below are the essential elements of a good dental routine:

  • Floss daily. Dental floss is the most under-utilized element of oral health care, yet it is the most important element. Dental floss is the only tool designed to reach and clean the tight spaces between the teeth. Toothbrush bristles cannot reach these areas; therefore, if you are only brushing, then you are leaving areas of your teeth covered in bacteria-laden plaque and grime every day. Gross!
  • Brush at least twice a day. Brushing is important. Brushing the teeth helps to loosen and remove plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Using a fluoride tooth paste helps protect the teeth against cavities and decay. Brushing also keeps the breath fresh, a benefit in social and professional settings.
  • Rinse your toothbrush well. After each use, bacteria from the mouth becomes trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush. Rinsing your toothbrush under fast, running water helps rinse away bacteria so that you do not re-introduce it into your mouth the next time you brush your teeth. It is also important to store your toothbrush in an upright position for it to air-dry quickly.
  • Replace your toothbrush often. Even with regular rinsing, bacteria will begin to harbor and multiply on your toothbrush. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three to six months. If you ever wondered why your dentist gives you a new toothbrush at each visit it is because s/he knows that you need a clean tool to clean your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Maintaining a good dental routine at home is vital, but visiting your dentist twice a year is also essential. Professional dental cleanings done bi-annually help keep your teeth clean throughout the six months between visits. These regular visits also allow your dentist to thoroughly examine your teeth to identify any concerns early before they damage your teeth.

Contact Peninsula Dentistry today to schedule your next appointment.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481

FAX: (843) 577-4653


Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany as a Captain in the United States Air Force for three years where he completed an AEGD residency and was certified in Intravenous Conscious Sedation.

Dr. Caitlin McPherson

Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an active member of The American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. McPherson performs all aspects of general dentistry and is Invisalign certified. Dr. McPherson especially enjoys treating pediatric patients.

Dr. Luke E. Severance

Dr. Luke E. Severance believes dentistry goes far beyond just treating teeth – it’s about building lasting relationships and making a genuine difference in the lives of his patients.

Dr. Severance was raised in Florence, South Carolina and graduated with summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina and attended a General Practice Residency in Columbia, SC. At Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, he extended his knowledge and expertise in various areas from IV Moderate Sedation, Implant Surgery, CEREC Same-Day Crowns, Digital Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Extractions including Wisdom Teeth. He understands a dental visit can be fearful for some and his goal is to alleviate this fear by going above and beyond the need to help each person feel comfortable and cared for.

Outside the dental office, Dr. Severance enjoys spending time with his family and friends, fishing, hiking, playing soccer, watching the Gamecocks, and staying active in his church and community. Even in his free time, he studies the latest dental technology and attends dental seminars to stay up to date with the latest industry trends for delivering cutting edge dental treatments to all his patients. He is devoted to helping patients achieve optimal oral health and confident smiles which will positively impact their systemic and mental health.

Dr. Luke E. Severance


538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone (843) 507-5481
Fax (843) 577-4653

Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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