Why are Routine Dental Checkups Important?

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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.

The American Dental Association and Dr. Zwier always recommend a routine dental visit every six months. Regular dental visits are necessary for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. It is also helpful to catch early signs of developing health complications. In between the examinations, it’s also essential to work on keeping your teeth and gums clean. If you need additional services, Dr. Zwier may recommend more frequent visits.

Your Routine Dental Checkup

Cleaning your teeth and checking for tooth decay is just the start of your thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, Dr. Zwier will also evaluate the health of your gums, examine your neck and head, and check your mouth for any further health complications, including oral cancer, vitamin deficiencies, or diabetes. If everything looks good, Dr. Zwier will clean your teeth, stress how important good oral hygiene is, and provide recommendations to improve your cleaning routine.

Dr. Zwier will pay attention to plaque and tarter on your teeth because it can build up in a short time if you don’t practice good oral hygiene between visits. A lot of daily intakes can stain the teeth as well, including food, coffee, other beverages and tobacco. If tartar and plaque are not removed, soft plaque will harden and irritate the gum tissue, which may lead to gum disease.

There are several parts of a routine dental examination:

  • Examine the gums, or signs of gum disease
  • Examine tissues inside of your mouth
  • Check for any abnormal, loose teeth
  • Examine your tongue
  • Check your bite alignment
  • Look for signs of tooth decay
  • Check for broken teeth or damaged fillings
  • Check the contact between the teeth
  • Request taking X-rays for proper examination

The Dental Cleaning

Finally, Dr. Zwier will professional clean your teeth and mouth by removing any plaque and tartar, and flossing and polishing your teeth for a beautiful, shining smile. He will also review proper brushing and flossing techniques that can ensure a positive checkup six months later.

Once your routine checkup and cleaning are complete, Dr. Zwier will inform you about the health of your teeth and gums, and make any additional recommendations or appointments. It is critical to see your dentist every six months and follow a daily good oral hygiene, so you are more likely to not only keep your clean smile, but ensure overall health as well.