By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
March 24, 2020
Category: Dental/Oral Care
Tags: Dental Care  

The Basics on Pediatric Dental Care

Just as your child needs regular checkups and examinations with their doctor, kids from toddler to teen also require consistent trips to the dentist. Oral health plays a role in whole body health, and getting an early start on dental hygiene is crucial for keeping your child on track for a lifetime of strong, clean teeth.

Family dentist Dr. Ernest Skaggs in Radcliff offers complete pediatric dental care for your child, starting at the time their first teeth come in all the way through adulthood. Here is what your family dentist at our office can do for your child:

Infant oral health exams: When your child starts developing teeth, generally around six months of age, your family dentist will check the overall health of the teeth and provide you instruction on how to brush your infant's teeth properly. As more of your child's teeth come in, your family dentist can talk to you about how a pacifier or thumb sucking can negatively affect your child's teeth, and provide tips for weaning them off those habits.

Toddler oral health exams: Once your child has all their teeth, your family dentist at our Radcliff office will perform more thorough cleanings during your visit, likely including a flouride application. Your family dentist will also help your child learn good brushing habits.

Preventative dental care for all ages: At our Radcliff office, we are equipped to perform cleanings on patients of all ages, and recommend your child comes in every six months for an examination and polishing. During these visits we will also check for any decay, cavities, dental defects, or issues with tooth spacing or alignment.

Restorative dental care for all ages: Your family dentist can fill cavities and fix chips or cracks in your child's teeth. At our office, we also offer braces, retainers, and other implements if your child's permanent teeth are overcrowded, poorly spaced or crooked.

Good dental hygiene starts with the first tooth. Schedule an appointment for your child with a family dentist at our Radcliff, KY, office today by calling (270) 351-3265.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
January 09, 2020
Category: Family Dentistry
Tags: Family Dentistry  

A family dentist addresses oral health issues for the whole family, from adults to babies. Dr. Ernest Skaggs of Radcliff, KY, provides many services, like regular dental checkups and professional dental cleanings.

Here are a few services a family dentist provides:

  • Dental Implants: These are tooth-like oral appliances that replace missing tooth roots. Missing tooth roots is a result of severe tooth decay that leads to gum disease and tooth loss or because of some sort of accident, which results in your tooth being knocked out. This procedure can last a lifetime and only takes proper oral hygiene to maintain the health of your teeth.
  • Crowns: These oral appliances are caps placed over broken, chipped, fractured, or stained teeth. They reinforce already existing teeth and hide aesthetically unpleasant teeth. The porcelain caps also restore bite and chewing function and even improve speech.
  • TMJ Treatment: Teeth grinding is a serious jaw problem that may affect teeth, gums and bone structure. Temporomandibular joint disorder, which causes a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing the mouth, is a disorder your dentist treats.

What are the advantages of having a family dentist?

  • It creates good habits because it builds a positive relationship between the dentist, their office and your family.
  • It consolidates appointments for people of all ages to visit a single office, instead of going to multiple specialists.
  • It keeps records in one place and knowing the family history makes treatment, especially during emergencies, easier.
  • It is considered preventative care because Dr. Skaggs provides regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings to protect teeth from serious tooth decay that may lead to tooth loss and gum disease.

For more information about family dentistry and what a family dentist can do for you, be sure to contact Dr. Ernest Skaggs in Radcliff, KY, at (270) 351-3265 today.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
September 25, 2019
Category: Dental/Oral Care
Tags: Tooth Loss  

While losing a tooth can be exciting for children, once permanent teeth come in there is nothing exciting about losing a tooth; however, accidents happen and it’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to for immediate or even urgent dental care. Our Radcliff, KY, family dentist Dr. Ernest Skaggs offers a wide range of dental services including these options for replacing missing teeth.


Many people who are missing all or most of their teeth end up turning to dentures. Full dentures are designed to replace an entire row of missing teeth and sit on top of the gums. Partial dentures attach to neighboring teeth to hold them in place. The benefits of dentures are that they are usually the least expensive option and they require very little preparation before they are fitted.

Impressions are taken of your mouth and then dentures are made from those impressions to provide you with custom teeth. Most patients can get their new teeth in a couple of weeks.


If you are missing a tooth you may choose to get a dental bridge to fill the gap. A dental bridge uses dental crowns on both sides of a false tooth. These crowns are placed over natural teeth next to the gap to hold the artificial tooth in place.

In order to get dental bridges from our Radcliff, KY, dentist we will need to check the health of your natural teeth to make sure that they are strong enough to support crowns and the bridge. Like dentures, getting a bridge is simple and usually can be placed in just two appointments.

Dental Implants

Implants are the closest you can come to real teeth. These artificial tooth roots are made from titanium and are placed into the jawbone where they integrate with bone and tissue through a natural process called osseointegration. Of course, implants do require surgery and it can take anywhere from 9 months to more than one year to get implants; however, once placed, implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement, and with the proper care they could last the rest of your life.

Are you or a loved one dealing with tooth loss in Radcliff, KY? If you are looking for a family dentist who can treat every member of your family and make sure that they get the proper dental care they need then call our office today to schedule your next appointment.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
July 19, 2019
Category: Family Dentistry

A first tooth is not only a milestone for your baby, but it is also a sign that their journey to oral health has begun. After all, as soon as those little pearly whites appear, its time to make an appointment with your Radcliff family dentist, Dr. Ernest Skaggs, to ensure that your little one's smile stays strong and clean.

Why are pediatric dental checkups necessary?

Even though your child's baby teeth will begin falling out when they enter grade school, it is still important to keep your child's gums healthy and ready for when their permanent teeth come in. This is because baby teeth, just like adult teeth, can develop decay if not properly cared for, potentially leading to gum disease, inflammation, cavities, oral pain, and difficulty eating.

Your Radcliff family dentist will want to see your child as soon as their teeth come in to start them on the path to a lifelong healthy smile. Early checkups can help your family dentist uncover and treat cavities/decay before they cause further damage, as well as help your child develop good oral hygiene habits. By taking your child to a Radcliff family dentist regularly, you are teaching them the importance of oral health and helping them become comfortable with their dental care provider.

What will my Radcliff family dentist recommend?

During checkups with your family dentist, you will learn the proper way to brush your child's teeth, as well as how to help them practice dental hygiene at home every day. This routine requires that you:

  • Begin brushing your child's teeth as soon as they come in, using just a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste on a soft bristle brush. Starting around age two, assist your child with brushing their teeth with a pea-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Supervise your child's brushing habits until they have established the correct technique.
  • Have your child drink fluoridated water to protect their teeth.
  • Avoid giving your child sugary drinks or juices. Don't give your child a bottle to drink from overnight.
  • Floss your child's teeth for them until they are able to properly do so themselves.

Give us a call

Trust your Radcliff family dentist, Dr. Ernest Skaggs, with your family's pediatric dentistry needs. Call (270) 351-3265 today to make an appointment!

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canal therapy is one of modern dentistry's most beneficial restorative treatments. By removing the inflamed and diseased interior pulp of an infected tooth, this treatment is able to preserve the dental structure for many more years of service! At the Radcliff office of family dentist Dr. Ernest Skaggs, you or your loved one can experience relief from nagging tooth pain with the help of root canal therapy!

Details on tooth anatomy

Each of your teeth contains soft pulp deep in their interiors, including in their necks and root canals (i.e. the thin chambers that course down each tooth root). According to the American Dental Association, tiny blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue comprise the pulp, and unfortunately, when exposed to bacteria through injury or decay, it can become inflamed and infected.


What is root canal therapy?

To heal a tooth abscess or fractured tooth, your Radcliff family dentist often advises root canal therapy. Also called endodontic therapy, the typical in-office root canal procedure extracts damaged pulp, seals the tooth, and crowns it to reinforce the hard structure. The procedure takes two visits to Dr. Skagg's office and is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling.

The American Association of Endodontists states that teeth restored with endodontic therapy typically last for many years and function very well without the pulp. Additionally, all dentists, including Dr. Skaggs, maintain that keeping as many of your natural teeth as possible is good for your remaining teeth, bone structure, gum tissue, oral function, digestion, and of course, your smile aesthetics. This makes root canal therapy a great option.


Do you or a loved one need root canal therapy?

Here are several symptoms which may indicate that you or someone in your family need root canal treatment:

  1. Throbbing toothache
  2. Drainage from the tooth
  3. Reddened, sore gums
  4. Swollen jaw
  5. Dark tooth enamel
  6. A large chip or deep crack
  7. Multiple or damaged dental fillings
  8. Dental sensitivity when you contact hot or cold foods (especially if the pain remains for a while)

Dr. Skaggs asks you to call the office if you experience these symptoms so he can inspect the tooth, X-ray it, and determine what dental treatment would serve you best. Also, be sure to see him every six months for an exam and cleaning. Some troublesome teeth show no symptoms at all yet still need restorative treatment to be healthy. Dr. Skaggs will alert you to any potential problems he sees on routine examination.


Additionally, remember that Dr. Skaggs is a family dentist, meaning that he is qualified to treat patients of all ages. So, if you suspect that your child or aging parent may have a problematic tooth, bring them on by!


Find out more

If you or a family member are experiencing a dental problem, please call Dr. Ernest Skaggs and his team for prompt, effective treatment. The office opens at 8 am Monday through Thursday for your convenience. Phone (270) 351-3265 today!

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Dentist in Radcliff, KY
Dr. Ernest Skaggs
555 W Lincoln Trail Blvd, Suite 25
Radcliff, KY 40160
(270) 351-3265
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