Routine Dental Exams – An Important Component of Oral Health
Dr. Robert Madden holds a DDS from the College of Dentistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and an MBA from the University of Colorado. A sought-after dentist in the Denver area and beyond, Dr. Robert Madden currently operates his own solo practice in Littleton, Colorado, where he encourages patients to see him every six months for a dental checkup.
During each checkup, a dentist performs a visual examination of the mouth to check for signs of abnormalities, which may include cavities, periodontal disease, worn teeth, broken teeth, damaged tooth restorations, and bite issues. He or she may also take X rays of the mouth and jaws to detect tooth or bone problems that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Seeing a dentist twice a year ensures that new problems are caught in their earliest stages, when they can be addressed with minimally invasive, cost-effective treatments.
In addition to an inspection of the mouth, the dentist or dental hygienist performs a cleaning at each checkup. This procedure consists of removing bacteria-filled plaque and hard tartar from the teeth and polishing the teeth to give them a smooth surface. A professional cleaning helps prevent gum disease, and the dental hygienist also instructs patients on how to clean their teeth properly at home so that they can do their part in preventing chronic gum disease.
Good oral health is as important to the body as it is to the mouth. Periodontal disease can not only cause tooth loss but can also lead to or exacerbate chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Dentists also check for oral cancer during each visit because a patient’s chances of survival are highest when the disease is detected, before it has a chance to spread to other parts of the body.