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The American Dental Association provides a series of informational resources, guidelines, and recommendations to help people maintain a healthy mouth. This includes advocating a routine dental checkup, performed by a professional dentist like Dr. Denise M. Walthour every six months.

This important appointment typically starts with a thorough dental cleaning performed by one of Powell Boulevard Dental’s dental hygienists. This treatment is intended remove plaque and hardened tartar from your teeth, while also polishing your tooth enamel to address minor dental stains.

Dr. Denise M. Walthour will then examine your mouth for any early signs of an oral health problem. If she finds any early signs of cavities or gum disease, she will help you understand the most viable treatment plan.

This might also call for applying a preventative treatment such as installing dental sealants on your back teeth or performing a fluoride treatment. These measures can sometimes be performed immediately following the dental checkup, or at a brief second appointment.

At the end of the dental checkup, Dr. Denise M. Walthour will perform an oral cancer screening. This involves a cursory examination of your neck, tongue, throat, and other oral structures for any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. If an area of concern is found, she will refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in Portland, Oregon, region and you have an oral health concern, you should call 503-235-7181 to schedule an appointment at the dental offices of Powell Boulevard Dental.