Posts for category: Dental/Oral Care

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
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
September 07, 2018
Category: Dental/Oral Care

What your family dentist in Radcliff, Kentucky wants you to know


When you brush and floss, you are protecting more than just your teeth; you are protecting your gums too. If you aren’t practicing goodGum Disease Chart oral hygiene habits, you may be on your way to red, swollen, painful gums and gum disease. Dr. Ernest Skaggs in Radcliff, Kentucky wants to share some of the early warning signs and symptoms of gum disease and how you can make your smile healthy again.

In its early stages, gum disease is reversible, but it’s important to be able to recognize it early so you can take action. These are some of the signs and symptoms of gum disease you should not ignore:

  • Your gums bleed when you brush and floss
  • Your gums are red, irritated, and painful
  • Your gums are swollen and puffy
  • You have frequent bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth

So, what causes gum disease? It’s caused by plaque. That’s because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins are strong enough to cause infection in your gums, resulting in gum disease and all of its signs and symptoms.

You can prevent gum disease by following a program of regular brushing and flossing. You should:

  • Brush after eating and before you go to bed
  • Floss at least once every day
  • Visit your dentist yearly for a full dental exam, including x-rays
  • Visit your dental hygienist for a dental cleaning every 6 six months

Gum disease can be reversed, but if it is left untreated, the bacteria can begin to destroy the bone that surrounds your teeth. Once the bone is involved, you now have periodontal disease, which can’t be reversed, but it can be managed. Destruction of the supporting bone can result in loose teeth, and eventually, tooth loss.

It’s vital to recognize the signs and symptoms of gum disease so you can do something about it. You don’t want it to develop into periodontal disease. For more information about gum disease and how your dentist can help, call Dr. Ernest Skaggs in Radcliff, Kentucky today!

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
June 30, 2017
Category: Dental/Oral Care
Tags: Tooth Loss  

A missing tooth could spell disaster for the rest of your smile if you ignore it.Tooth Loss

Are you one of the millions of Americans faced with permanent tooth loss? If so, you may be feeling rather defeated by the whole thing. Before you just shrug your shoulders and accept this problem, your Radcliff, KY dentist, Dr. Ernest Skaggs, is here to tell you why you may want to replace your missing teeth if you value your oral health.

You may not realize all the issues that can befall you when you lose a missing tooth. After all, it’s just one tooth, how bad can it be? Well, unfortunately, the consequences can be rather bad if you don’t replace the tooth. Here are just some ways that untreated tooth loss can affect your oral health in the long run:

Bone Loss

Your jawbone needs all of your tooth roots in order to stay healthy and strong. When you lose a tooth you also lose the tooth roots, which is an essential part of jawbone health. Without all your tooth roots, the jawbone will begin to breakdown and lose density. The jawbone will get smaller and become more brittle and prone to fracturing and damage. By getting a restoration like dental implants from your Radcliff dentist you can prevent significant bone loss.

Dental Misalignments

Do you love that you have a straight smile? Want to avoid needing braces? If so, then you better replace your missing tooth or teeth right away. By leaving gaps in your smile you allow the rest of your teeth to shift into that gap. While this won’t happen overnight, if you aren’t planning to treat your tooth loss then this will inevitably happen. Your smile may end up having wonky gaps between teeth, crowding or even crookedness, which will require orthodontics in order to treat the problem.

Worn Teeth

When you lose one or more teeth you affect what teeth take the most weight and force from your jaws. This is one reason having a properly aligned smile is important. All teeth should experience the same amount of jaw pressure and not more. Of course, if you don’t have all your teeth then it’s only natural that some teeth will suffer from more wear and tear than is necessary, which can lead to fractures, cracks and other problems.

Tooth loss can easily be treated when you turn to your Radcliff, KY, restorative dentist Dr. Skaggs. Give us a call and tell us that you’re interested in getting dental implants. We would be happy to schedule a consultation with you.

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