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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.
December 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Family dentistry is a branch of dentistry concerned with overall dental health and the general maintenance of oral hygiene. Family family dentistrydentists typically care for a wide variety of patients, from young children to older adults. Dr. Bruce Schechter, located in Milford, CT, is one of the finest family dentists. He offers a full range of family dental services.

Family Dentistry Services
Family dentists provide a wide range of services from routine checkups and emergency dentistry to dental cleanings and fillings. A family dentist can diagnose and treat infections and many oral diseases, take dental X-rays and perform minor restorative procedures, such as placing crowns on the teeth. They also participate in training patients in good oral hygiene and give fluoride treatments.

Routine Oral Healthcare
Dental Exams-
 The standard recommendation is to visit your dentist twice a year for checkups. Routine checkups with your Milford dentist can help prevent dental health problems as well as alert your dentist to other potential oral health concerns. During a dental exam, your dentist will check for cavities and gum disease. He or she will also check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities.

Dental Cleanings- A professional dental cleaning every six months can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry. A professional dental cleaning involves the removal of dental plaque and tartar from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities and gum disease.

Fluoride Treatments- Fluoride treatments in the dental office help prevent cavities. There are many studies on the benefits of fluoride in reducing cavitations of the teeth. The fluoride preparations used in dental offices are much stronger than mouth rinses and toothpastes that are available in pharmacies and stores.

If visits to the dentist haven't been one of your top priorities for the last few years, they should be. Going to the dentist is important at any age. Call Dr. Schechter in Milford, CT at (203) 878-1787 today to schedule your next dental appointment. Everyone deserves a healthy smile!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
October 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Unfortunately, many people believe that simply brushing their teeth daily is enough to keep their oral hygiene in tip-top shape. However, oral hygienehealthy teeth require a few more steps than just that. Do you know the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy? Find out how you can learn and maintain great oral hygiene habits with Dr. Bruce R. Schechter in Milford, CT.

What should my oral hygiene routine include? 
Your daily routine should have room for brushing twice daily and flossing at least once. To effectively brush, use short back-and-forth motions to brush the entire area of each tooth, including the front and back. Brushing should last for at least two minutes. Floss at least once daily by using a new strand of floss for each quarter of your mouth. This cuts down on your chances of spreading bacteria from one area of your mouth to another. Finally, see your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and preventative cleanings.

Oral Hygiene Tips and Tricks in Milford, CT.

  • Don’t forget your back molars: Be sure to brush and floss the back side of your last molar. This is often an overlooked area and is the perfect breeding ground for decay-causing bacteria.
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks: Sugary drinks and foods, like soda and candy, are a vice for many people. However, limiting the amount of time these substances come into contact with your teeth can help avoid tooth decay. Drink a glass of water after eating or drinking a sugary treat and try to drink your beverage all at once rather than sipping it throughout the day.
  • Do not put off seeing your dentist for a dental problem: If you feel a toothache coming on or notice an abnormality in your mouth, do not hesitate to see your dentist. These issues are at their most treatable in the earliest stages and usually require less complex procedures to repair the problem.

For more information on maintaining a great oral hygiene routine please contact Dr. Bruce R. Schechter in Milford, CT. Call (203) 878-1787 to schedule your appointment!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
January 08, 2014
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: oral hygiene  

Build Better Oral Hygiene Habits This Year!

You probably have witnessed or experienced how easy it is to develop bad habits, so it’s easy to understand how hard it is to create better habits, such as exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. Since it is a new year, it seemed like the perfect time to offer some tips help you develop better habits, including oral hygiene habits. In Milford, CT, family dentistry is Dr. Bruce Schechter’s top priority, which is why Dr. Schechter loves offering oral hygiene tips to boost your preventative measures and help combat tooth decay.Oral Hygiene Habits

Create a routine around your oral hygiene

It’s easier to accomplish something when you set your mind and time to it. You should try brushing and flossing your teeth at the same time every day. After eating, it’s better to wait thirty minutes before brush your teeth. If you consume food and beverages that are highly acidic (or can metabolize acid), the acid can attack your tooth’s enamel and weaken it. Your toothbrush could push the acid further into your tooth’s enamel and dentin, causing more damage. Thus, try to make brushing and flossing the last thing you do before you walk out of the door. You will feel refreshed and ready to start your day!

Set healthy goals

Don’t think of your oral hygiene routine as a chore—think of it as a good routine and a part of your daily habits. Once you turn it into a habit, you are more motivated to keep your oral health in check. At-home preventative care is your responsibility, and you can expect good results as long as you continue to create better habits for a healthier body and teeth.
What are some of your oral hygiene habits that help keep your smile in top condition all year round? 
By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
August 15, 2013
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: oral hygiene  

Dental HygieneYou already know that in order to avoid serious dental problems you need to practice good oral hygiene. However, many of us too often neglect these basic habits, and as a result we have to face the negative consequences, including cavities, bad breath, tooth loss and gum disease.

With that being said, it may be time to "brush up" on your oral hygiene. Daily dental care, including brushing and flossing will help combat the buildup of plaque and fight tooth decay, gum disease and other serious health problems.

Dental Health Tips from Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.

Brushing: Get in the habit of brushing your teeth morning and night, spending at least two minutes brushing all areas of your teeth to remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen the teeth and combat decay, and brush after consuming sugary foods and drinks when possible. Remember to replace your toothbrush every few months or when it begins to show wear.

Flossing: Only flossing can remove food particles and debris from between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. It's important to floss once a day, gently maneuvering the floss between each of your teeth until you reach the gum line. Doing so can help prevent dangerous plaque and tartar from accumulating which can lead to gum disease.

Diet: Sugary snacks taste great, but they aren't so great for your teeth. Foods high in sugars and starches contribute to the production of plaque acids that attack tooth enamel. Eventually, these acids can cause tooth enamel to break down, forming a cavity. If you must eat foods high in sugar or starch, eat them during meals rather than between meals, and avoid any foods that stick to your teeth as these can produce more plaque. To avoid stains, be mindful of tea, coffee, soda and other dark foods and beverages that can discolor your teeth.

Checkups and Cleanings: Visiting Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S. regularly at our Milford office for routine checkups and cleanings is the most important step you can take to maintaining a healthy smile. During these important visits we can detect and treat a number of oral health conditions including tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers.

Next time you visit Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S., ask us for tips for caring for your teeth and gums. We can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention and care during brushing and flossing. Diligent dental care at home combined with regular visits to our Milford office are the best ways to keep your teeth looking and feeling their very best.