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Posts for: August, 2018

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.


By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
August 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Pain   dental filling  

A toothache is a problem that needs to be treated right away, so act fast.

Dealing with dental pain? If so, it’s important that you turn to our Milford, CT, family dentist Dr. Bruce Schechter as soon as possible so that tooth painwe can determine the cause and treat the issue accordingly. After all, dental problems won’t fix themselves; dental treatment will be necessary in order to preserve the tooth and prevent further damage from happening.

So, what’s going on when there is dental pain? While we won’t be able to determine this without first coming into our office for a thorough evaluation (which may include x-rays to look for issues that we can’t see with the naked eye), there are a couple of things that could be going on. The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity. A cavity, or dental decay, will need to be removed to prevent it from spreading. Once the decay is removed, the tooth will need a dental filling to restore it.

Another cause of dental pain could be physical damage to the tooth such as a fracture or break. A fracture isn’t always possible to see but if you suddenly experience pain and sensitivity in your tooth, especially when chewing or putting pressure on it, then there could be damage present. A fracture can occur due to traumatic injuries such as a bad fall or sports-related accident.

Sometimes if decay or an infection spreads past the hard outer layers of the tooth and affects the dental pulp, or inside structure of the tooth, this can also lead to dental pain. This is because the dental pulp is the part of the tooth that contains nerves, which means that when it’s infected or inflamed you will most likely experience pretty serious and nagging pain. This pain may be severe enough to wake you up at night and it may also get worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth.

Dealing with dental pain? Experiencing other issues with your oral health that are a cause for concern? If so, trust in our Milford, CT, dental team to help. We can answer all of your questions and address your smile concerns to make sure that you always get the care you need to maintain perfect oral health.