Cleaning & Prevention

Preventive Dental Care in Dothan

Cleaning And Prevention, Dr. Joseph Dougherty and Dr. Trenton Dunford believe a preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.

Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth.

Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
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While brushing and flossing help keep your teeth and gums healthy, oral health often requires the expertise of a dentist. If you’re looking for dental cleanings and preventive dentistry in Houston, our team at Professional Lane Dental can help. Our dedicated staff is passionate about helping patients of all ages enjoy good oral health through effective prevention and care.

We strive to provide the services you need in a warm and friendly environment. Whether you have a health concern or are simply looking for a team you can trust for your routine care, you’ll find precisely what you need with us. Book an appointment with us to learn more about our dental cleanings in Dothan!

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Keeping Your Smile Healthy For Life

A healthy smile free from disease and decay can enhance your appearance, boost your health, and improve your outlook on life. Proper preventive care is crucial to maintaining your best smile, which is why we offer comprehensive therapies to keep mouths healthy and strong. Below, learn more about our preventive dentistry services in Dothan AL — including checkups and cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and more.

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Patients of all ages should receive a checkup and cleaning at least every six months. Following through with this regular appointment is the best way to keep your smile healthy for life. While you are here, you will receive a thorough examination and teeth cleaning. Then, we will assess your smile, recommend therapies to treat or prevent dental problems, and provide tips on effective homecare. This brief visit is the simplest way to avoid larger, more costly dental problems later on.


More than a quarter of oral cancer patients do not participate in any of the lifestyle risks associated with an increased risk of the disease. That’s why routine oral cancer screenings are important for every patient. At Professional Lane Dental we are committed to providing proactive screenings so we can diagnose and treat this very serious condition as soon as possible. An early diagnosis and treatment will significantly increase a patient’s chances of making a full recovery.

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Kids are at a high risk of tooth decay between the ages of 6 and 14. During this period, they can benefit greatly from dental sealants. These thin protective layers can be painted directly onto the irregular surfaces of premolars and molars, literally sealing out acids and bacteria to prevent tooth decay. It only takes a few minutes to apply dental sealants and they can provide years of protection. Cavity-prone adults can benefit from dental sealants as well.


The majority of adults over the age of 35 have gum disease to some extent, and if left untreated, this condition gradually destroys oral health and can result in complete tooth loss. If your gums show signs of periodontal (gum) disease during your routine checkup and cleaning, Dothan Dentist Drs. Joseph Dougherty and Trenton Dunford can provide treatment to ease discomfort and renew periodontal health.


Whether due to stress or dental misalignment, many adults experience jaw pain as they age. This chronic pain is due to strain on the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. We alleviate TMJ-related distress with custom-fitted mouthguards that promote proper alignment and restore healthy function. Treating TMJ prevents wear and tear on the teeth, reducing the risk of sensitivity and tooth loss that can occur due to teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

While individual treatment plans vary based on each patient’s needs, your Dothan Dentist Drs Joseph Dougherty and Trenton Dunford always cares about your smile and offer customized treatments for outstanding results.