How Important are Dental Checkups?

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Everyone knows that it is important to take good care of your teeth. However, some people do not follow the proper oral health steps, and can suffer from bad breath, gum diseases, or even oral cancer.

A beautiful smile is not your only gain when you visit your dentist for regular checkups. There are several advantages, including:

Healthy Teeth

Even if genetics play a role in getting cavities, regular brushing and preventative dental care helps in keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Brushing removes the plaque which leads to tooth decay. It also stimulates your gums so that you can prevent any gum diseases. When you visit us for an appointment, we can teach you the best techniques for brushing and flossing.

Prevention of Diseases

An infection which starts in the mouth could become even worse. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums which can later develop into periodontitis. This is a serious infection which leads to tooth loss. An infection that starts within your mouth can lead to complications anywhere in your body. Most of the systematic diseases you suffer from show signs within the mouth. Some of these diseases you should be aware of include respiratory issues, low birth babies, premature birth, asthma, arthritis, strokes, and coronary artery diseases.

When you ignore your gum and tooth diseases, they may even be fatal.

How Can you Maintain Good Dental Care?

In addition to regular dental checkups, there are several tips you can follow to maintain your oral health. It is important to brush your entire mouth and not just the teeth. You must clean everything including the gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth as well. Here are some more tips to keep your mouth healthy:

  • Eat healthily and avoid sugary drinks and snacks
  • Avoid the use of any tobacco products
  • It is important to rinse your mouth out after a meal; you can also chew on sugarless gum
  • Brush twice daily
  • Protect your teeth with a mouth guard during athletic activities
  • Put a sealant on your children’s teeth

When you do not follow the right dental care steps, you could suffer from facial and digestion pain; and this could also affect other organs. When oral care is not maintained, bacteria gathers in your mouth leading to a variety of gum diseases.

If you are interested in learning more about the services we offer, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zwier.