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Preventive Dentistry – Dental Checkups and Cleanings

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Robert Madden, DDS, a dentist who cares for patients in and around Denver, Colorado, practices preventive dentistry at Southwest Family Dentistry. Dr. Robert Madden is also a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he earned an MBA.

When dentists ask that their patients see them regularly, even when they’re not experiencing worrisome symptoms, they do so in the hope of preventing them from developing tooth and gum disease in the first place. During annual or semi-annual visits, dentists examine teeth for early signs of decay or gingivitis. They may even X-ray teeth and jaws. These efforts give them the opportunity to address disease before it grows out of control.

Moreover, dentists offer cleanings that go above and beyond patients’ brushing and flossing. Such cleanings often involve scraping tartar from the teeth. Tartar buildup damages and discolors teeth over time.

Finally, regular dental checkups allow oral health professionals to build relationships with their patients. Through these relationships, patients can have their questions answered and providers can educate them on matters such as flossing and the warning signs of gum disease.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

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Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, has owned and operated Southwest Family Dentistry in the Denver, Colorado, area since 1982. As a dentist, Dr. Robert Madden offers dental implants for patients with tooth replacement needs.

Dental implants are designed to help patients who have lost one or more teeth. Unlike a denture, which rests on top of the gum line, the dental implant attaches permanently to the jaw bone and thus offers a much higher level of stability. Patients with implants can eat, speak, and smile without worrying that the implant will come loose.

Dental implants also stand out as a longer-term solution, even compared with a tooth-supported bridge. While a bridge may need to be replaced after 10 years, an implant can last throughout a patient’s life.

Implants also help to preserve the longevity of a patient’s surrounding teeth. Unlike a bridge, these devices are self-supporting and help to maintain the structural integrity of the jaw bone. This, in turn, reduces bone loss and helps keep a patient’s face looking full and healthy.

Soda Consumption and Tooth Health

April 26, 2016 Leave a comment
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Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, heads Southwest Family Dentistry, a practice located near Denver, Colorado. As well as performing cosmetic and emergency dental procedures, Dr. Robert Madden advises individuals on good dental hygiene and dietary choices for healthy teeth, including watching one’s consumption of soda.

Soda has long had a bad reputation with dental health professionals, and for good reason. When a person takes a sip of soda, the sugar in the drink reacts with bacteria present in the mouth. The result of this reaction is an acid that breaks down the enamel of the tooth and makes a person more susceptible to tooth decay. This occurs in everyone who drinks soda and other sugary beverages, but children and adolescents face the greatest risk, as their tooth enamel has not finished developing.

In order to prevent damage to the teeth, either limit soda consumption or change how you drink it. Sipping even one soda slowly all day can be harmful. Each sip results in the formation of acid, and if this occurs bit by bit throughout day, the damage can add up. Rinsing the mouth out with water after drinking soda can help keep the teeth healthy if done over time.

Some people might view diet soda as a more tooth-healthy alternative since it doesn’t contain natural sugar. However, it also contains acid, and can wear down the teeth over time the same way sugared soda does. A dentist can provide additional guidance on how to care for the teeth while enjoying soda in moderation.