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Welcome Dr. Brueckner!

Please join us in giving a very warm welcome to our newest team member, Dr. Todd Brueckner!  Dr. Brueckner recently returned to Joplin after graduating dental school at UMKC in Kansas City.  He is excited to return to the area and looking forward to meeting our amazing patients.


Three Facts about Dr. Brueckner:

  1. Dr. Brueckner is engaged to Samantha who is currently attending veterinarian school and wants to work with exotic animals.
  2. Dr. Brueckner has a German Shepard and a cat who get along very well.
  3. Dr. Brueckner enjoys watching Star Wars.


Please call our office at (417)781-5600 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Brueckner!

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Welcome Dr. Sonal Kapoor

We would like to give a warm welcome the newest addition to our team, Dr. Sonal Kapoor!

Dr. Kapoor has moved to Joplin from Florida to join our practice. Please give us a call to schedule your appointment with her. She is very talented and knowledgeable, making you feel comfortable right from the start.


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Want Some Extra Money? Treat Your Gum Disease

Could you use an extra thousand dollars a year?  Recent studies show that treating gum disease could save you thousands of dollars in medical costs if you suffer from a number of chronic medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, cerebral vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis or pregnancy. There have been countless studies showing a correlation between oral health and chronic diseases. There is also a dangerous correlation between gum disease and pre-term births. Studies are now beginning to look into the possible link between gum disease and medical costs and the results are astounding. 

Treating gum disease can save you both time and money according to a study ...

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Gum Disease Linked to Blood Clots

Infographic White blood cells attack bacteria Heart Mouth connection Gum disease and heart disease

Periodontal (gum) disease—or periodontitis—has been linked with a number of maladies including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, colon cancer obesity and premature births. One of the earliest and most studied disease linked to gum disease are coronary diseases such as heart attack and stroke. In fact, people with periodontal disease are at twice the risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease as people with healthy gums. Scientist have discovered the bacteria that cause gum infections can also work their way into your blood stream and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

If you have periodontal (gum) disease, then you probably have oral bacteria floating around in your blood stream. Normally, your immune system ...

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How to Find A Dentist

Are you looking for a dentist in Joplin MO, or anywhere else? Choosing a dentist can be a difficult but incredibly important decision. This article will offer a practical way to help make that decision a little bit easier. While doing your search, here are some general things to consider:

  • Do you want to go to an independent dental practice, or a corporate dentist’s office? Like any product or service, there can be some huge differences between a local provider and a large corporation.
  • How important is the cost of dentistry vs the quality of your dental care? We all have a budget and it is important to balance quality and price. ...

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To HEENT or to HEENOT, That Is the Questions

Dentist have known for a long time that oral health is inexorably linked to overall health and wellness but other medical health professionals have been slow to include oral health into their regular exams. According to an article on, The Interprofessional Oral Health Grant Team is stepping into this gap in oral care and is looking to put “‘the mouth back in the head’” through the New York University College of Nursing's (NYUCN) Teaching Oral-Systemic Health (TOSH) program.

The traditional examination at a doctor’s office consists of the head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat (HEENT). The TOSH program wants to add the teeth, gums, mucosa, tongue, and palate to ...

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