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By Prairie Run Dental, SC
March 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health

If a small sore in your mouth could cause you to be very sick, would you want to know about it? Well, oral cancer screening from your oral cancerMarshfield, WI, dentist can alert you if something is wrong. Gently and quickly performed right in the dental chair by Dr. Barry Cole, routine cancer assessment catches suspicious lesions so they can be analyzed. Done semi-annually with your regular exam and cleaning at Prairie Run Dental, this simple process is a great defense against one of today's prevalent cancers.

The incidence of oral cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation predicts that more than 51,000 new cases of oral cancer in 2018. That disturbing number has been on the increase over the past several years, affecting people of all ages and walks of life. Unnoticed and untreated, oral cancer can spread and kill quickly. However, caught and treated early, cure rates improve to 80 to 90 percent, reports the National Cancer Institute.

The symptoms of oral cancer

This disease affects the lips, inside of the cheeks, tongue, under the tongue, tonsils, uvula, and other soft tissues of the mouth and throat. Many times, patients notice no obvious symptoms whatsoever. That's why your Marshfield insists on including a screening with your routine dental examination.

Other times, there are symptoms. So watch for:

  • Any persistent pain or soreness in the mouth
  • Changes in the color of oral mucosa
  • Persistent sores which do not heal
  • Red or white patches in the mouth

Risk factors

There are many and include:

  • Sun exposure
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Exposure to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can be transmitted sexually
  • Being male (but the incidence in women is rising)
  • Age (55 to 64 is most common)
  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco

However, Dr. Cole and his team want you to understand that oral cancer can strike anyone at any age. Vigilance is key.

The assessment

It's a simple visual inspection which takes just a couple of minutes. Dr. Cole will grasp your tongue gently with a sterile 4x4 and inspect under it and along the sides. He'll also look at your checks, roof of the mouth and back of the throat. Anything of concern may be referred for biopsy,

 or lab analysis. When you undergo routine screening, your hygienist and dentist in Marshfield get to know your mouth really well, and this familiarity makes for a good exam.

Don't worry

When it comes to oral cancer, it's what you do not know that can hurt you. So arrange your routine cleaning and exam appointment at Prairie Run Dental in Marshfield, WI. You'll be assured that your teeth, gums and entire mouth are healthy and functional. Call today: (715) 387-1724.

By Prairie Run Dental, SC
December 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Find out why one of the best things you can do for your family’s smiles is to turn to a family dentist

We all know that life gets hectic sometimes, but it’s important to still slow down for the most important things in life, like your health. Having healthy teeth and gums is necessary but it’s not difficult to maintain when you have a Marshfield, WI, family dentist like Dr. Barry Cole on your side.

What is the purpose of a family dentist?

Many dentists often specialize in more specific dental fields in order to provide different and more all-encompassing dental services for their patients. For example, our Marshfield dentist specializes in family dentistry, which means that we received special training to be able to provide quality and comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. We are passionate about offering quality and thorough dental care to our families and their ever-growing needs.

Why choose a family dentist?

There are many reasons why you should turn to a family dentist to maintain healthy smiles in your family. For one, it’s extremely convenient and saves you time when the whole family can get the care they need from one dentist. Now you don’t have to worry about making separate trips to different dentists so that everyone gets the cleanings and care they deserve. Now everyone can get healthy teeth and gums from one convenient location without the runaround.

Plus, consistency is key when it comes to getting proper health care. Think about it: would you rather choose a doctor who’s just getting to know you or someone who’s already known you for a while? We know your medical history and the medical history of your children so that we can always provide safe, effective dental care whenever you need it most.

Along with these benefits is yet another advantage that you may find to be the most important: trust. Not everyone loves visiting the dentist. In fact, a lot of people have dental fears and phobias. By making sure your child starts visiting us early on we can make the process an easy, stress-free experience for the whole family.

Prairie Run Dental in Marshfield, WI, is here for your family whenever you need dental care, whether you want to chat about orthodontic treatment for your little one or you just need to schedule cleanings for the whole family. Let’s make life a little simpler by providing your whole family with dental care they can trust.

By Prairie Run Dental, SC
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

How orthodontic treatment from your Marshfield dentist can help your smilebraces

There are many reasons why you might need braces. Fortunately, modern orthodontic treatment offers both effective straightening in less time and cosmetically beautiful results. Dr. Barry Cole at Prairie Run Dental in Marshfield, WI wants to help you discover what orthodontic treatment can do for you.

You may need braces because your bite is poorly aligned. You might have:

  • An overbite; your upper jaw protrudes beyond your lower jaw
  • An underbite; your lower jaw protrudes beyond your upper jaw
  • An open bite; your front teeth don’t come together when you bite
  • A crossbite; your jaws cross each other when you bite

You may also need braces because your teeth are rotated, twisted, or out of position. Poor jaw or tooth alignment can result in tooth damage, TMJ problems, and dental decay because your teeth are difficult to clean. Poor jaw and tooth alignment can also impact how you feel about yourself. A straight, beautiful smile can restore your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Old-school, conventional orthodontic treatment was often uncomfortable and took a long time to achieve a good result. Modern orthodontic treatment is different. Now you can straighten your teeth more quickly, and more discreetly, thanks to smile-friendly materials such as:

  • Ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Clear plastic brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Metal brackets with ultra-thin wires (conventional braces)

For more information about different braces, please visit the types of braces page on the website at

If you need braces, talk with an expert! Call Dr. Cole at Prairie Run Dental in Marshfield, WI for a consultation. You deserve a straight smile, so call today!

By Prairie Run Dental, SC
June 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing  

For a healthier mouth, don’t neglect your flossing. Just as brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste is important, so is flossingflossing daily. Regular flossing helps maintain optimum oral health by clearing away food particles trapped between the teeth that could potentially cause bacteria to linger, which can lead to gum disease. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits are vital for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. At Prairie Run Dental, Dr. Barry Cole is your Marshfield, WI family dentist.

Importance of Flossing

Flossing helps clean away food particles and bacteria trapped between teeth that brushing alone doesn’t always remove. It is especially important to clear away bacteria. Lingering bacteria can spread and result in the formation of plaque, tartar buildup and, eventually, gum disease. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Flossing is an excellent way to maintain a healthy mouth and avoid oral health problems, such as gum disease. Regular visits with your Marshfield family dentist will enhance the good oral habits you practice at home.

Flossing Correctly

While flossing is important, flossing correctly is paramount to achieving maximum benefits. When flossing, use a piece of dental floss that is approximately 18 inches long. That should be enough to thoroughly floss between all your teeth. Wrap the ends of the floss around your index fingers, then slide the dental floss gently back and forth between teeth. This back and forth sliding motion will help dislodge any trapped food particles and debris. In addition to flossing between teeth, be sure to wrap the floss around the sides of each tooth as well.

Floss gently to avoid harming the gums. If bleeding occurs while flossing, you might be flossing too hard or it is an indication of possible gum disease. When gum disease is present, even gentle flossing can cause bleeding. Continue gently brushing and flossing daily to improve oral health. However, if the bleeding persists every time you floss, see a dentist to find out if you have gum disease. If gum disease is present, your dentist can stop it from spreading and help you restore better oral health.

To maintain a healthy mouth, don’t neglect your flossing and visit your Marshfield, WI family dentist regularly. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cole, contact Prairie Run Dental at (715) 387-1724.

By Prairie Run Dental, SC
March 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Upon hearing that you need a dental crown, you're likely to have a few questions: Why do I need a crown? How long will it last? How dental crownsmuch will it cost? Fortunately. Dr. Barry Cole, your family dentist in Marshfield, WI has the answers! At Prairie Run Dental, dental crowns come in all shapes and sizes and are used for a variety of reasons. Dr. Cole shares some of the details about the usage of crowns in this post.

What is a dental crown?

In the same way that a hat protects your head from the cold, a crown from your family dentist protects a natural tooth from breakage or decay. They are hollow, tooth shaped restorations that fit over a natural tooth with bonding cement. Crowns can be made from a variety of durable ceramics, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Dr. Cole will work with you to decide which type of crown will work best for your unique needs. The ceramic crowns are typically used to recreate the appearance of a tooth, while metallic crowns are needed on teeth that aren't immediately visible but need strength for chewing. In some cases, your Marshfield dentist will place a temporary, "one-size-fits-all" crown while waiting for a dental laboratory to create your custom restoration.

Why do I need a dental crown?

There are many reasons why Dr. Cole may recommend crown placement. If a tooth breaks, a crown can restore both its appearance and function. Crowns also protect damaged teeth from developing further decay. Crowns are also used to support dental bridges, which fill in gaps from missing teeth and finish off dental implants with realistic-looking tooth replacements.

If you think you might need a crown, we can help you! We offer many of services at Prairie Run Dental, including crowns. Contact your family dentist, Dr. Cole in Marshfield, WI, to schedule an appointment today!

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