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Preventive Dentistry – Manahawkin, NJ

Protect Your Smile Against Infection and Decay

Young Dentistry offers general dentistry to New Jersey patients in Manahawkin and its surrounding communities. We believe that excellent dentistry begins with proper oral care at home, professional cleanings, customized evaluations, periodontal charting, and individualized periodontal/gum programs for each patient. It is generally recommended to see Dr. Robert Young and his hygienists 2-4 times a year for preventive dentistry in our Manahawkin, NJ dental office, including thorough dental cleanings and checkups or on individualized periodontal schedules, depending on the severity of each patient’s gum or periodontal condition. We will also look for oral cancer.

Keeping your teeth free of decay, and your gums liberated from disease is only possible with a foundation of consistent oral care at home and professional supervision by a highly trained dentist who is dedicated to excellence in dentistry, a highly trained hygienist, and staff of RDA's who work with and alongside Dr. Young with dedication toward each patients oral health. As a dentist in Manahawkin, Dr. Young and his team are serving the community with cutting edge dentistry and individualized treatment plans for periodontal disease, and they want to help you and your children too.

These exams have helped many patients preserve their teeth and enjoy good oral health over the years, in addition to letting us diagnose developing cysts and cases of cancer early. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Young, contact our dental office today!

Why Choose Young Dentistry for Preventive Dentistry?

  • All Dental Procedures
    in One Location
  • Patients are Part
    of the Family
  • Skilled Dental

Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings

Patient receiving preventive dentistry checkup and teeth cleaning

When arriving for a dental checkup and cleaning, you don’t have to worry about your visit being rushed. Instead, we take great care to ensure your oral cavity is thoroughly checked and cleaned, providing any recommended treatments to address any problems found during your appointment. It is during these visits that Dr. Young will examine your teeth, gums, bone structure, occlusion, temporomandibular joints, soft tissues, and lymph nodes. Also, our dental hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar build up before giving your teeth a final polish, home care instruction, and providing you with the instruments and rinses or fluorides deemed necessary for you.

Children’s Dentistry

Kids smiling after children's dentistry visit

Even young smiles deserve high-quality dental care, which is why Dr. Young is pleased to offer children’s dentistry services. From regular checkups and cleanings to dental sealants and fluoride supplements to provide added protection to growing teeth, he and his team will use a gentle and compassionate approach when taking care of your little one’s smile. He will also check for signs of bite issues that could potentially require orthodontics later on and provide recommendations for custom dental appliances to better protect their young teeth from damage while playing sports.

Oral Cancer Screening

Dentist performing oral cancer screening

Dr. Young has also received advanced training in detecting oral cancer and preventing it from spreading through early detection and diagnosis. He will conduct a thorough oral exam on your first visit and during each checkup. To check your smile for cancer, Dr. Young will examine your tongue, the glands in your jaw and tongue, and your salivation ducts. He will also look for cuts, sores, bleeding, and oral swelling to protect you from missing something that could become very serious. Should any areas raise concern, Dr. Young will recommend a biopsy. If necessary, he will provide you with a referral to see the proper type of specialist for additional treatment.

Dental Sealants

Patient receiving dental sealants

For younger children, keeping the teeth clean while they learn proper brushing techniques can be somewhat difficult. We can give them a little extra protection from cavities by placing dental sealants over their molars and premolars. These particular teeth are often the most prone to decay because of their crevice-filled chewing surfaces that often end up trapping bacteria and food particles; sealants close these areas off in order to protect them. This treatment can be completed very quickly, yet the benefits last for several years.

Fluoride Treatments

Closeup of smile after fluoride treatment

Are you not getting enough fluoride from the water that you drink? Do you have a higher than average risk of tooth decay? Do you have crown or bridge restorations or onlays and inlays that require extra protection? If the answer to either of those questions is “yes”, you may be an excellent candidate for a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens teeth and helps protect them against harmful bacteria. By applying a highly concentrated amount of fluoride directly to your teeth, we can dramatically decrease the chances of tooth decay. 

Silver Diamine Fluoride

Patient receiving silver diamine fluoride treatment

Some patients suffer from dental phobias or anxieties that make it difficult for them to sit through a typical filling process. That is why we might suggest using silver diamine fluoride for cavities that are still in their earliest stages. When fluoride is mixed with silver, it helps kill harmful bacteria and encourages remineralization of the teeth; not only does this prevent the decay from spreading, but it also helps repair some of the damage that was already done.

Athletic Mouthguards/ Sportsguards

Teen girl placing an athletic mouthguard

Whether you or your child enjoy playing sports and want to keep your mouth protected, or you suffer from teeth grinding or TMJ, custom-made mouthguards can prevent excessive wear and tear on your teeth and protect soft oral tissues as well as relax facial muscles. After a full examination of your smile and taking impressions of your oral cavity, Dr. Young and his team can create a customized mouthguard that will not only be comfortable but will also help you and your smile look and feel better than ever.

Nightguards for Bruxism

Clear nightguard for bruxism on metal tray

If there are wear facets or cervical erosion or other signs of biting problems you may require special types of nightguards or splints. During your exam Dr. Young and his Hygienist will always check for symptoms of different grinding problems and tooth wear and make recommendations accordingly. Some patients will bring up pain that is being caused by these habits while some patients have no idea of the damage that is occurring.

If your jaw feels sore whenever you wake up and you’re not sure why, it may mean that you’re suffering from bruxism, clenching or grinding. This simply means that your upper and lower teeth are grinding against each other while you sleep, wearing themselves down in the process. Getting a nightguard can help you prevent this damage and allow your jaw to rest comfortably while you slumber. Customized nightguards tend to fit and perform better than those you buy over the counter.

Frenectomies/Lip & Tongue-Tie

Toddler smiling after lip and tongue tie treatment

When the membrane that attaches the lips or tongue to the rest of the mouth is overdeveloped and restricts movement, the condition is known as lip-tie or tongue-tie. For many children or young adults, such restrictions can be extremely detrimental to their ability to eat properly or develop their speech. A frenectomy allows us to free the lips and tongue simply by removing the unnecessary tissue; this could also help protect your child from dental decay or spacing issues in the future.

At-Home Oral Hygiene Products

Closeup of patient brushing teeth with electric toothbrush

Everyone knows that you should brush and floss every day, but is mouthwash a normal part of your oral hygiene routine? Our dental office uses Clo-Sys, Thera-Sol, Perioguard and Chlorohexadine to help patients kill as many bacteria in their mouths as possible, and we’re happy to recommend these products for home use. If you’d like, we can also suggest toothpaste brands such as CLO-SYS and CLOS-SYS Sensitive to make sure that your teeth are stay as clean and healthy as possible. 

Periodontal Therapy

Closeup of healthy smile after periodontal therapy

Because gum disease affects millions of people throughout the United States, Dr. Young can provide periodontal therapy should you being to notice any signs or symptoms related to gum disease. While regular cleanings and proper at-home oral habits can reverse the problem in its early stages, if left untreated, it can escalate into periodontitis, requiring that you undergo what is known as a deep cleaning or scaling, root planing or in more serious cases, periodontal surgery. Using specialized tools, Dr. Young will remove plaque and tartar that has spread beneath the gum line before smoothing out the tooth root to encourage reattachment of tissue to the teeth reducing pocket depth and infection. This will prevent reinfection as well as possible health-related problems that can develop as a result.

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