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.