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Preventive Dentistry Portland OR


At Dougherty Dental, Doctors John, Scott, and Andrew provide exceptional oral healthcare. Below are some preventive services that they provide.


A patient being prepared for her dental exam.

Exams and X-Rays


X-Rays: full mouth series, bite wing, and panoramic images help the doctors and staff at Dougherty Dental determine potential risks to oral health including cavities and periodontitis.

New Patient Exams: in addition to xrays, new patients receive a thorough oral evaluation to acquaint the patient and doctor with one another while identifying the treatment needs of each individual patient.

Periodic Exams: the frequency of regular dental checkups is determined by the rate of cavity progression and periodontal health.

Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation: the measurement of perio pockets, bleeding gums, bone loss, and tooth mobility help evaluate the support structure for your teeth. A comprehensive periodontal evaluation is crucial in determining the type the dental cleaning that is necessary for a healthy mouth.


A patient receiving a teeth cleaning.

Teeth Cleaning and Periodontal Evaluation


Prophylaxis: a basic dental cleaning for patients with plaque induced gingivitis and mild to moderate calculus build up.

Full Mouth Debridement: initial treatment for patients with severe tartar build up and long absences between dental cleanings; generally followed by prophylaxis or scaling and root planing.

Scaling and Root Planing: a deep cleaning under the gum tissue to treat periodontitis diagnosed from the comprehensive periodontal evaluation.

Periodontal Maintenance: follow up treatment after scaling and root planing for continued treatment of periodontitis; follow-up visits may occur at 3, 4, or 6 month intervals.

Preventive Treatment


Fluoride: topical fluoride gel or systemic fluoride tablets reduce the rate of cavities by making teeth more resistant to acid created by bacteria.

Sealants: shot-free and drill-free fillings that prevent food from sticking to deep grooves in teeth and causing cavities.

Mouth Guards: snoring, teeth grinding, athletic protection and more can be achieved with various types of mouth guards. Ask how we can help protect your teeth!.

Caries Risk Kits: from toothpaste to mouthwash, ask about our array of oral health products to protect your teeth!

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