To ensure that your smile remains healthy, our Dentists, Dr. Paul E. Dougherty and Dr. Scott O. Szotko, recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, and flossing at least once a day. Keep in mind that even the most conscientious home hygiene routine will not remove the plaque, tartar and bacteria that can lead to problems with your oral health. To effectively clean your teeth and preserve your oral health, we suggest that you visit Dougherty Dental for a dental cleaning and exam.

What is involved in a cleaning and exam?

Our hygienist will carefully clean and polish your teeth to remove the plaque and tartar that you may have missed while brushing. We will floss your teeth to effectively clean between them. Our dentists will also carefully examine your teeth, gums and mouth and make treatment recommendations or offer advice on how you can improve your home hygiene routine. We may take X-rays of your teeth and mouth to track any developments in your smile since your last visit and to detect any potential emerging problems. Our team can also provide an oral cancer exam to provide you with peace of mind or to address any health issues as soon as possible. One of our Dentists will conduct a thorough exam of your mouth and teeth and may make treatment recommendations or suggest changes or improvements to your home hygiene routine.

How often should I see the dentist?

At the very least, you should make an appointment at Dougherty Dental for your routine visit every six months. We may suggest that older patients or those with ongoing issues such as periodontal disease see our Dentists on a more frequent basis. Other factors may include:

  • Diet
  • Family health history
  • Personal habits such as drinking or smoking
  • Dental hygiene habits
  • Pregnancy

You should also make an appointment with our office or contact us if you have been recently diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer, or if you have been prescribed a new medication. It is a good idea to let our office know if you have started a new vitamin regimen or dietary supplement.

The benefits of regular dental visits

Seeing our dentists for routine dental care will help you maintain a healthy smile. Since your oral and overall health are closely linked, you will feel better and may enjoy a lower risk of other medical issues. You will also enjoy the enhanced self-esteem and confidence that a beautiful smile can bring. To schedule your dental cleaning and exam at our office in La Jolla, California, contact us today at 858-454-2656.

Dougherty Dental Hygiene Philosophy

At Dougherty Dental, our dental hygiene team is committed to providing oral healthcare services based on the individual needs of our patients, with the goal of achieving optimal oral and general (systemic) health. Maintaining a comfortable, safe environment where trust and a mutual understanding of healthcare needs are essential in developing lifelong relationships. Utilizing the latest technology and evidence-based treatment protocols, our dentists and hygienists work collaboratively to consistently deliver comprehensive dental care.