Preventive Dentistry in Joplin, MO Protects Your Teeth

There’s so much more to good dentistry than just treating cavities and whitening smiles. Maintaining a strong, beautiful smile is an important job that lasts your whole life, and Dr. Dan Young and the rest of our Joplin staff want to support you every step of the way. With comprehensive checkups, refreshing cleanings, and other quality preventive services, our goal is to help you enjoy the high level of oral health you deserve. Contact Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your first appointment!

Checkups & Cleanings

The most effective way for patients to protect themselves from common oral health problems in the long term is to attend regular checkups and cleanings with a trusted dental team like ours. During these visits, Dr. Young will carefully inspect every aspect of your smile, from the teeth and gums to the jaw, bite, and existing restorative work (such as fillings and crowns). Digital X-rays will help reveal any concerns that aren’t immediately visible on the surface. Our goal is to create the most comprehensive picture of your oral health possible – only then can we recommend effective treatment options that are ideally personalized for your unique needs.

Cleanings are also necessary in order to fight back against gradual plaque and tartar. These bacteria-filled agents are constantly spreading in the smile, and if they’re missed too often when brushing and flossing, patients may find that they’re unable to clear them away on their own. That’s where our talented Joplin hygienists come in! They’ll get rid of dangerous bacteria, debris between teeth, light staining, and more to leave your smile fully refreshed.

Treatment for Bruxism & TMJ Disorder

Do you regularly suffer from pain in the jaw joints and face or severe headaches? Are your teeth strangely worn-down with no known cause? These are common symptoms of bruxism (teeth grinding) or the even more serious TMJ disorder, which occurs when the temporomandibular joints are damaged or aggravated. These conditions can be virtually debilitating, and Dr. Young wants to help you regain the quality of life you deserve.

Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our team if you’re experiencing the above symptoms. During this visit, Dr. Young can use state-of-the-art technology to inspect your bite and determine the reality of your condition. For instance, our Joint Vibration Analysis & Jaw Tracker will evaluate the function of your jaw and joints in great detail, and our T-Scan will provide a thorough analysis as well. Several treatment options are available as well to help create long-term improvement, including:

Oral Cancer Screenings

On average, one person dies from oral cancer every hour. Here in Joplin, we do our part to decrease this number by providing routine oral cancer screenings with VELscope technology. This system uses fluorescence to reveal lesions and other tell-tale signs of cancerous cells within the mouth that may not yet be visible to the naked eye, coloring them noticeably darker than surrounding healthy tissue. The sooner oral cancer is discovered, the more likely it is that the affected patient will have a full, successful recovery.

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is not only an extremely common oral health problem – it’s actually one of the most prevalent diseases on the planet today. While this infection starts off small, unnoticed cases can quickly grow and result in devastating consequences, up to and including permanent tooth loss. At Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Young has made periodontal screenings an essential part of every regular checkup, and several treatment options are available for patients in need, including:

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