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4 Ways Stress Impacts Teeth and How to Take Back Your Oral Health

August 6, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 4:46 pm
a man under a lot of stress

Oftentimes, stress is a part of life. Whether it is work, school, kids, or other obligations that require time and effort on your part, you can find yourself becoming overwhelmed, overworked, and overly exhausted every day. When stress builds, it not only impacts your mind and your overall health, but it can negatively affect your teeth and gums, too. Discover just how much stress impacts teeth and what you can do to take back your oral health.


What Are Permanent Dentures?

July 26, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 8:23 pm
implant dentures

You’re going out to eat to celebrate a family member’s graduation. You’re so proud of them that you take them to their favorite steakhouse. Unfortunately, you can’t enjoy steak as much as you used to due to the fact that you’re missing several teeth. You can’t eat a lot of foods, actually. What if there were a way to fix that? Luckily, there is with permanent dentures. But what exactly are dentures? And what makes them permanent? Read on to learn more.


Remember These 4 Essential Steps in Caring for Dentures

June 20, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 1:12 pm

For patients who have lost an entire row of teeth – or even all of their teeth – dentures can be an excellent solution for restoring functionality to the mouth. However, proper care is required to help your new smile last as long as possible – as well as to continue to protect your oral health! Here are 4 important steps in caring for dentures that you should always keep in mind.


Dentist Provides Answers To the 5 Top Periodontal Disease FAQ’s

May 13, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 5:44 pm

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, affects an estimated 65 million people in the U.S. Despite its prevalence, many people have questions about gum disease and aren’t sure what the causes, consequences, or available treatments are. When it comes to your health, knowledge is power! Keep reading to get answers to the top 5 periodontal disease FAQ’s and find out how to minimize the risks from this common condition.


After Tooth Extraction: All about the Denture Process

April 9, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 2:17 pm
man missing tooth smile

Getting a tooth extracted, whether from periodontal disease or an injury, can be a jarring experience. Not only does missing a tooth change the way your smile looks, but it also can impact your ability to eat efficiently and speak clearly. It makes perfect sense that you’d be anxious to get your new dentures as soon as possible so that you can return to normal. However, it can take some time for them and your mouth to be ready. Understanding the denture process better can help you as you wait for your permanent dentures.


Why Replacing Your Missing Teeth in Waco is Key to Avoiding Bone Loss

March 5, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 5:06 pm
An older woman with tooth loss.

Are you missing a tooth? How about two or three teeth? Regardless of the number of teeth you’re missing, your smile isn’t the only thing that’s suffering as a result. In fact, the oral structures responsible for holding your teeth in place will only break down further the longer you go without replacing your missing teeth in Waco. Thankfully, there are solutions to do so effectively.

To learn exactly what can happen as a result of tooth loss and what you should do next, keep reading!


Why Gum Disease Awareness in Waco is Vital to Your Overall Health

February 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 9:17 pm
Healthy man smiling

Did you know that February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month? This disease affects around half of the US population, yet many people don’t know the risks and symptoms. If left untreated, gum disease can actually affect your overall health, putting you at risk for heart disease, stroke, and other serious problems. Keep reading to learn how gum disease can affect your overall health and what you can do to prevent it.


Got a Broken Porcelain Veneer in Waco? Here’s What You Should Do

January 4, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 4:27 pm
A woman covering her mouth.

Porcelain veneers are typically quite durable, but life still happens. Whether you’re biting into a bagel at the wrong angle, playing your favorite contact sport without wearing a mouthguard, or you experienced a bad fall while going for a walk or exercising, accidents can happen out of nowhere. Regardless of the situation, a broken porcelain veneer in Waco is definitely a cause for alarm, even if it isn’t necessarily a dental emergency,

If your veneer breaks and you don’t know what to do, consider these steps from a cosmetic dentist.


Got a Dental Emergency in Waco? Here’s What You Should Do Next

December 2, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 6:24 pm
A man holding his mouth in pain.

Despite efforts to improve access to dental care, people are still visiting the emergency room in record numbers for dental emergencies. According to an analysis of federal data conducted by the American Dental Association, dental ER visits have doubled from 1.1 million in the year 2000 to 2.2 million in 2012.

More than anything else, pain is what pushes people to visit the hospital, as well as the belief that seeing the dentist regularly isn’t necessary if you don’t have any dental issues. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Learn about the most common dental emergencies, what to do before your visit and when you should visit a dentist for a dental emergency in Waco.


Do You Need TMJ Treatment in Waco? Learn the Signs Today!

November 5, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 10:32 pm

A person with jaw pain.Do you find yourself waking up with jaw pain every morning? Is chewing foods becoming a difficult process because your jaw is always in pain? If you haven’t sustained a dental injury recently, you could be suffering from a condition that not only causes jaw pain, but has major implications for your bite and future oral health. Luckily, dentists are more than familiar with this issue and more than capable of helping you seek treatment.

To learn what the TMJ syndrome is and how TMJ treatment in Waco can help, keep reading!



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