Posts for tag: Oral Hygiene

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
June 05, 2020
Category: Dental/Oral Care

Established early in life, good oral hygiene habits keep kids smiling. As a parent, model and teach daily tooth and gum care, using tipschildren's oral hygiene from your family dentist in Radcliff, KY, Dr. Ernest Skaggs. You'll be so happy you did.

Tooth decay is the problem

It's the number one chronic health issue among American children, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), surpassing even asthma and allergies. However, dental and gingival improve with diet, tooth brushing, and flossing, avoiding long-term damage.

Teaching your child

Here's how to do it:

  • Starting when that first baby tooth erupts, wipe little teeth, and gums with a clean 4x4 daily. Advance to a small, soft brush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste by age three or when your child is able to rinse and spit.
  • Time twice-daily brushing. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends two minutes two times a day. Sing a song for really young kids as they brush, or time them on your phone.
  • Flossing removes interdental plaque. When teeth begin to be tightly spaced, floss your child's teeth using strand floss, y-flossers, or interdental brushes. As your child grows, have him or her be independent on flossing and brushing, but supervise until age 10.
  • Offer a low-sugar, low-carb diet high in fiber and low-fat dairy and proteins. Several servings of fruits and vegetables are must-haves, as is good hydration.
  • Be sure your young athlete wears a mouth guard for sports.
  • Visit your family dentist in his Radcliff, KY, office, as soon as the first baby tooth arrives and every six months after that.

At the dental office

Routine in-office care with Dr. Skaggs and his team is a good habit, too. Your child will learn that dental check-ups are easy and fun. The hygienist does a gentle scaling and polishing and takes x-rays according to a set schedule. Dr. Skaggs checks for tooth decay, gum problems, dental eruption, and jaw development. Most importantly, your family dentist treats his young patients with kindness and care which builds a lasting relationship.

Contact us

Let your family dentist, Dr. Ernest Skaggs, and his dedicated staff partner with you in keeping your child's smile beautiful and strong. We look forward to serving your own oral health needs, too. Call us at our Radcliff, KY, office: (270) 531-3265.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
April 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Need advice from your Radcliff, KY, family dentist?oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene is vital for your overall health. Severe issues like tooth decay, breakdown of enamel, or tooth loss are a result of poor dental hygiene and need restorative procedures.

If you want to prevent the issues mentioned above, here are some tips your Radcliff family dentist would advise you do to maintain dental restorations: brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas. Flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris. Receiving fluoride treatment may also prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Finally, getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums.

Here are a few restorative procedures that can be used to restore your oral health:

  • Root Canal Therapy: This procedure is vital when someone has an infected or inflamed dental pulp that needs to be cleaned, disinfected, and sealed.
  • Dental Implants: This restorative procedure replaces your tooth root with a titanium post when you've suffered from tooth loss.
  • Bridges: This restoration is similar to dental implants but it doesn't replace a tooth root, just the gap left from losing a tooth.
  • Veneers: These porcelain restorations are similar to crowns but they are cemented on the surface of teeth to hide unappealing issues like crack, dents, and yellowed teeth.
  • Crowns: These are dental caps that fit over weak and/or unsightly teeth to improve your smile and reinforce teeth that are weakened due to dental restorations or dislodged fillings.

Dental hygiene and care are essential for your oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about taking care of your dental restorations, just call family dentist, Dr. Ernest Skaggs at his Radcliff, KY, office today!

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