Why Regular Dental Visits are Important

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.

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