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By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
April 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Not that long ago, many people were resigned to the fact that they would inevitably lose some of their teeth as they grew older. Today, smilehowever, it is totally possible to maintain a full, healthy smile thanks to preventive care! Read on to learn how our Milford, CT, dentist, Dr. Brian Bae, offers family dentistry services that will help you protect and maintain your smile through the years.

 

Preventive care helps you avoid cavities and gum disease

Thorough, regular brushing and flossing is the key to preventing tooth decay. Plaque, a sticky, colorless film, constantly collects on your teeth. When you take a bite of bread or indulge a piece of candy, the sugars in these foods combine with the bacteria in plaque to create acids that damage your tooth enamel.

If you don't practice good oral hygiene, those acids can eventually cause cavities. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day removes plaque on and between teeth and reduces your cavity risk.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes for best results. It's also important to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, an ingredient that can remineralize areas of tooth enamel weakened by acids.

Making oral hygiene a priority may also help you reduce your gum disease risk. Plaque eventually turns into a hard deposit called tartar if it remains on your teeth for as little as 10 days. Tartar is a factor in gum disease and can only be removed with special instruments during a dental cleaning.

 

Regular dental visits are an important aspect of preventive care

Do you visit your Milford family dentist every six months? Regular visits offer several benefits, including:

  • Teeth Cleaning: During your visit, you'll receive a thorough cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains.
  • Early Identification of Cavities: Large cavities aren't just painful, they also cause significant damage to your teeth. In fact, you're more likely to need a crown to strengthen and protect your filled tooth if you've had a large cavity. When you schedule checkups every six months, your dentist can diagnose and treat cavities when they're small and haven't caused much damage yet.
  • Detection of Other Oral Health Issues: During your checkup, your dentist will also look for other issues that can affect your oral health, such as cracks in teeth, dying roots, gum disease, or signs of oral cancer.

Is it time to schedule your next family dentistry checkup? If so, call your Milford, CT, dentist, Dr. Brian Bae, at (203) 878-1787 to make your appointment!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
March 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum disease is an oral health condition that affects millions of adult Americans. According to CDC Statistics, over 64 million adults have Gum 0Diseasesome form of gum disease. It is more common in seniors, but patients as young as teenagers can also struggle with it. If you want to fight gum disease, get help from Dr. Bruce Schechter at his family and cosmetic dentist office in Milford, CT.

What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease has a variety of possible causes including poor hygiene, diet, and the regularity of your dental visits. One reason why it is so prevalent is that patients don’t always take proper preventative precautions to minimize the chance of an infection. These are some of the most common causes of gum disease:

- Plaque buildup from not flossing regularly.
- Not brushing daily to remove excess food particles after eating.
- A family history of periodontitis.

Fighting Gum Disease
You can fight gum disease by understanding the possible causes, making changes to your oral care habits, and seeing Dr. Schechter more often. The first step is recognizing the signs of this condition, so that you can have it treated by your Milford, CT, dentist before it turns into advanced periodontitis. Signs to look for are gum bleeding, separation of the gums from the teeth, bad breath, and loosening of the teeth.

Preventing Gum Disease
To successfully fight gum disease, you should take it a step further and take preventive measures after you’re treated. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent problems with gum disease in the future:

  • Floss excess food from your teeth after you eat to minimize the chance that it will attract bad bacteria. Lack of regular flossing is a main cause of gum disease.
  • See your dentist for deep cleanings and checkups every six months.

Get Diagnosed
If you have one or more signs of gum disease, go to the family and cosmetic dentist practice of Dr. Schechter in Milford, CT, to get it diagnosed and treated. Call (203) 878-1787 today to schedule an appointment!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
October 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

How your family dentist from Milford, Connecticut can help your family smile

You and your family deserve a lifetime of beautiful smiles. When you have one dentist for your whole family, you are on your way to great family dentistsmiles. Your family’s dental care is important, and you want to seek out the services of someone you can trust. Dr. Bruce Schechter in Milford, Connecticut wants to share how having a family dentist can help you and your family smile.

One dentist for your whole family means you will have access to dental services in case of a dental emergency. You won’t have to go “hunting around” for a dentist at the last minute when something happens. Your family dentist is there when you need help. Just remember that a family dentist will:

  • Save you time, because you can make appointments for multiple family members on the same day, saving time out of your busy schedule
  • Save you money, because your family dentist can help you plan your family’s dental needs without a big impact to your budget
  • Save you from stress, because you and your family are comfortable with your family dentist and know your surroundings

Dental needs will be different for each family member because of age. Infants and toddlers are going to need that all important first dental visit, to get comfortable seeing the dentist. Young children will need preventive services and dental sealants. Teens will need preventive services and possibly fillings or other restorative services.

Adults will need preventive services, which may include periodontal therapy, and restorative services, root canals, and other dental treatments. Seniors may also need periodontal therapy or tooth replacement services like bridges, dental appliances or dental implants.

Your family’s smiles can also benefit from cosmetic dental services to help an aging smile look young again. You or a family member may want to consider a teeth whitening treatment, veneers, bonding, or other aesthetic dental services.

It's great to know your family dentist can do it all, all in the same place. No more driving around to see a specialist! When you have one dentist for your whole family, it makes life simpler and gives your family the opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles. To find out more about what a family dentist can do for you and your family call Dr. Bruce R. Schechter in Milford, Connecticut today!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
October 02, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

Have you been wondering why you need to visit the dentist twice a year?

If your smile seems healthy then it is healthy right? While in a perfect world that logic would be sound, unfortunately, there are a host of dental visitsdental problems that can occur without you even noticing. This is why it’s imperative that everyone should visit our Milford, CT, family dentist Dr. Bruce Schechter every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.

Here in our office, we believe that the key to a healthy smile is preventive dentistry. Think about it: Why would you want to just wait until a problem happens if you could prevent it from happening in the first place? This is why you should never skip out on a six-month dental visit.

During your visit, two important things occur: our Milford, CT, dentist performs a comprehensive oral exam to check the health of your teeth, gums, tongue and other soft tissue. We will look for plaque and tartar buildup, as well as warning signs of decay, gum disease, infection and even oral cancer. This exam and screening are crucial for pinpointing problems early on when they can either be reversed or treated with less invasive treatments.

The second part of your visit includes the cleaning. Yes, we know you brush and floss at home; however, our dental team has been specially trained to get into every corner and crevice with our special tools and instruments to remove plaque and tartar in ways you couldn’t. By removing plaque and tartar buildup every six months you greatly reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

Of course, there are certain times in your life when you may need to come in more regularly for dental cleanings. Risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Weakened immune system
  • Active gum disease

These risk factors may require you to come in every 3-4 months for checkups. This is something you will want to discuss with our dentist during your next visit if you have one or more risk factors.

If the time to schedule your cleaning is now then you’ve come to the right place. Our dental staff would be happy to schedule an appointment that works best for you. Call our Milford, CT, dental office today to schedule your visit with Dr. Schechter.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
August 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

toothbrush oral hygieneYou can achieve excellent oral health by maintaining good oral hygiene habits. Studies show that people with good oral health tend to enjoy better health overall. By maintaining good oral hygiene habits, you are potentially maintaining better overall health as well. Good oral hygiene habits include brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Bruce Schechter is your Milford, CT, family dentist for regular dental exams and cleanings.

Good Oral Hygiene Habits

There are several practices that are part of a good oral hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing. Brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush is one of the important habits to incorporate in your routine. When brushing, it is important to brush gently and thoroughly. Brushing too harshly can irritate the gums, while brushing hastily could result in missing some areas and leaving cavity-causing bacteria behind. To brush thoroughly, be sure to brush all surface areas of each tooth, as well as the tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth.

Visiting the dentist every six months is another important part of a good oral hygiene routine. During a dental visit, your Milford family dentist will perform an oral exam, which includes checking for signs of decay or other oral health problems. A dental hygienist will perform a thorough and professional cleaning of your teeth and gums, as well. Regular dental cleanings are important for removing tartar buildup, which cannot be removed at home with regular brushing and flossing.

Other habits that promote better oral health include limiting the number of sugary foods and drinks consumed each day. When bacteria on teeth mixes with the sugars in foods and beverages, acid is produced. That acid can erode tooth enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay. Avoiding or stopping smoking is another habit that can lead to better oral health as smoking is linked to gum disease and tooth loss.

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine includes regular visits to the dentist for an oral exam and thorough cleaning. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schechter, your Milford, CT, family dentist, call the office at (203) 878-1787.