Comprehensive Family Dentistry in North Mankato
With your days filled with work, rushing the kids to school, and caring for an aging relative, having a dental practice you can trust to treat the needs of your entire family can provide you with invaluable peace of mind. At North Mankato Family Dentistry, Dr. Keith Flack and Dr. Angela Schuck utilize their years of skill to provide exceptional family dentistry, which can be tailored to children, teens, adults, and seniors alike.
We believe that patients of all ages deserve to enjoy healthy, functional smiles that radiate beauty and confidence. By equipping our Nicollet County office with advanced dental technologies and modern treatment techniques, our team can provide truly comprehensive dental care designed to improve oral health and overall quality of life. Contact North Mankato Family Dentistry today to schedule your next dental appointment for yourself or a loved one!
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What Does Family Dentistry Mean?
Our modern, innovative approach helps you and your family get the dental care you need in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Our doctors have the training to care for your family’s needs throughout life. Our dentists see children as young as one and take the time to build strong relationships with every patient to promote positive dental health habits for life. You can be sure our team will be with you every step of the way as your needs change with age.
With our family dentists, you know you can get care for everyone in your family in one place. No more traveling back and forth or juggling appointments with different providers. Our dental team can and offers it all, helping you achieve well-deserved peace of mind.
Our Available Services for Family Dentistry
At North Mankato Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on using only the very best technologies and latest techniques for treatment. By using these safe, effective, and innovative tools, our dentists can catch cavities early with our DIAGNOdent™ laser, offering more precise detection. Our crisp, high-color digital X-rays ensure issues don’t go overlooked, and our intraoral cameras can evaluate problems deep within the smile. These powerful tools are only the beginning of what we have to offer.
Our family dental services include:
At every stage of life, reliable family dentistry helps safeguard your oral and overall health. Our goal is to support you with the best possible dental care in a comfortable environment.
What Issues Can a Family Dentist Address?
A modern family dentist is one of the most versatile dental professionals around.
Our practice can help with:
- Cavities & Tooth Decay
- Tooth Discoloration
- Enamel Damage
- Missing Teeth
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease
- Bad Breath (Halitosis)
- Oral Cysts & Tumors
- AND much more!
Our state-of-the-art practice supports us in providing outstanding dental emergency care. If you need help right away, we can diagnose and treat you fast. We can also provide same-day crowns and other restorations to repair teeth and relive your smile after dental trauma.
Do I Have to Have a Family to Visit a Family Dentist?
Good news – you don’t have to have a family or a spouse to get care from your neighborhood family dentist. Visiting a family dentist today means that if you ever do start a family, you’ll have the added benefit of being able to take your spouse and children to a dentist you can trust. One who knows you, your family history, and understands how to make the experience pleasant for your loved ones.
Why Dental Care is Essential at Every Age
When a dental or oral health problem arises in one member of the family, it’s essential to take note. This often means that others in the family are susceptible to the same issues.
One dental office serving all your needs means each member of your family gets the same comprehensive care based on their medical history, lifestyle habits, and even their genetic profile. Having access to these intricate details allows Dr. Flack and Dr. Schuck to provide effective treatment. It also helps you get the best dental care possible, no matter the complexity of your oral health needs.
When Should Families Start Visiting the Dentist?
Children should come in for their very first dental visit no later than when their first tooth erupts. This should happen around their first birthday. Patients of all ages should see their dentist every six months for preventive care, including oral exams and dental cleanings.
Appointments should be more frequent when tooth decay or active gum disease is detected. Some older patients may also require more frequent visits.
What to Expect During Your Child’s First Dental Visit
A child’s first impression of the dentist can stick with them for years afterward. We recognize that this first meeting is more a “getting to know you” to help your child feel comfortable whenever receiving care from our team. Introducing your child to our dentists and staff is a crucial step in their dental care. The more relaxed they feel with us, the higher their confidence, and the easier it will be for them to stay calm with the sounds and smells of the office.
Children should start brushing independently around age seven or eight. From there, it becomes vital that they understand how nutrition and personal habits can influence dental and oral health. These are tough topics – and they can be dry and dull to little ones. To keep them on track, our team always uses age-appropriate language and fun teaching tools.
5 Helpful Tips for Making Dental Care Fun for Children
To encourage kids to have a great start with dental health, try these five tips:
- Let them pick out their own toothbrush – include their favorite character or colors.
- For young kids, relate brushing to their favorite characters – Queen Elsa brushes, too!
- Brush together, so your child will see it as a chance to have fun with their loved ones.
- Keep track of brushing and offer a little reward for a full month with no skipped days.
- Make up a song or game, so your kids look forward to brushing (they might even remind you!)
Dental Care for Teens
Even when kids start off with great habits, they can fall by the wayside in their teen years. Talking to your adolescent about age-appropriate dental health issues will help them stay engaged with their dental health.
Some issues to discuss are:
- Wisdom Teeth: Third molars develop as early as age 17 and may need to be extracted.
- Bad Breath: Chronic bad breath (halitosis) can point to underlying, untreated problems.
- Gum Disease: Even “a little” bleeding of the gums should be checked out by our dentists right away.
- Diet: It’s no myth – sugary snacks and junk foods are significant contributors to tooth decay and plaque buildup.
As you educate your teen on healthy habits, remember that they’re developing their own strong opinions on their dental health as well. We can help support teens with a wide variety of treatments tailored to their smiles – everything from wisdom tooth extractions and fillings to teeth whitening.
Oral Health Care for Adults & Seniors
Tooth loss among seniors has declined in recent decades, but many people may eventually need dentures. Regular dental health care is essential to extending the function of your teeth and protecting you from health complications that often begin in the smile.
The mouth-body connection becomes even more critical to overall well-being as we age. With that in mind, we offer a full suite of dentistry treatments that can be tailored to mature smiles. We diagnose and treat gum disease, tooth decay, and infections before they can progress and threaten teeth.
Each tooth in the mouth bears weight while you chew and helps support your bite. Dental restorations like bridges, crowns, and dental implants can rejuvenate your teeth. Cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening also remain safe and effective at any age.
More About Our Family-Focused Dental Services
As an all-inclusive dental office, we believe in supplying the advanced tools, treatments, and procedures your family needs to remain happy and healthy. Continue reading below to discover how each service can help!
Early detection is crucial when it comes to dental health. The sooner a problem is detected, the better. With regular dental cleanings and exams, you have the chance to get preventive treatment as soon as a cavity or gum inflammation develops.
Digital X-rays are very detailed, catching things that are easy to miss with the naked eye and traditional black and white x-ray images. They can also be combined with 3D jaw scanning technology to produce accurate pictures of your teeth, gums, jawbone, and jaw structure.
Seeing a dentist is crucial, but more than half of your dental care will take place at home. During visits, our dentists educate patients of all ages about the importance of oral health and the mouth-body connection. By caring for your teeth and gums, you help care for your whole body.
Oral cancer can be treatable, but early detection is crucial. All adults should receive periodic oral cancer screenings, especially those who smoke or consume alcohol regularly. An oral cancer screening is quick and comfortable in our family-friendly dental office.
Gum inflammation is caused by bacteria and plaque trying to colonize in the soft tissues of the gums. Over time, this can lead to gum recession as soft tissues pull away from teeth. Often, deep cleanings are required that involve special hand tools or medical lasers used to eliminate the infection from beneath the gum line.
SIROLaser® is one of the most versatile medical lasers available today. It allows us to accelerate many treatments, reducing discomfort and healing time with precision. It can be used for root canal therapy, gum disease treatment, crown lengthening, cold sore treatment, and much more.
Dental implants consist of titanium posts that serve as artificial tooth roots in the places of missing teeth. Once surgically inserted in the jawbone by our skilled dentists, implants can replace one to all missing teeth in your smile completely, from root to crown.
We offer both LUMINEERS® and porcelain veneers to enhance the appearance of smiles with multiple aesthetic limitations all at once. Teeth whitening treatments at our office are available with Opalescence® take-home treatment or ZOOM® in-office whitening, which produces results in just one visit. We can also mill crowns and veneers in a single office visit with our in-house CEREC machine.
Invisalign is the clear alternative to ordinary braces. Instead of metal wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays. You can remove them any time during eating, drinking, and routine oral hygiene. These aligners are practically invisible and work well for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
Dental restoration refers to fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures. We use tooth-colored composite and porcelain materials for our treatments and can fabricate a complete crown in about an hour. For denture wearers, we offer conventional dentures or dental implant-supported appliances as well.
If the idea of receiving dental care keeps you up at night, why not sleep through it instead? We offer all options, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation.
Get the Family-Focused Dentistry Your Family Deserves
No matter your age or current health situation, you can achieve a smile that’s healthy, functional, and beautiful again. With a large variety of family-focused dentistry services, Dr. Keith Flack and Dr. Angela Schuck can provide complete care that you can rely on.
To find out more or to schedule your next dental appointment, contact us today. We look forward to meeting you!
CALL US: (507) 625-2273 REQUEST APPOINTMENT