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Here’s What To Expect After You Have A Root Canal

June 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 4:00 pm
A dentist performs root canal therapy in Waco

The success of any medical procedure depends on patients following the right steps after treatment. If you’re thinking about receiving root canal therapy in Waco, it’s important to be aware of the proper aftercare procedures so that your recovery is pain free and your dentist can place the final crown easily. In the following article, you’ll learn about the proper steps to take at home so your mouth can heal properly.


Simple Hand Hygiene Tips to Keep You Safe From COVID-19

May 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 12:50 am
Someone practicing great hand hygiene by washing their hands thoroughly

According to mothers around the world as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Great hand hygiene is an excellent way to protect yourself from viral illnesses like a cold, the flu, and COVID-19. While the number one way to keep yourself safe from the coronavirus is to limit your exposure to it, washing your hands frequently is essential to staying healthy throughout the quarantine as well. Your Central Texas dentist shares some simple yet effective hand hygiene tips that can help keep you and your loved ones healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Urgent VS Non-Urgent Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

April 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 9:19 pm
pained man at home wondering if he has an urgent dental emergency

To slow the spread of the current COVID-19 pandemic and keep their patients and staff safe, nearly all dental practices in the nation have chosen to temporarily close. Many are adhering to high standards of sanitization to keep their offices safe while they continue to handle dental emergencies throughout quarantine. However, if you can treat your dental issues at home until stay at home orders have been lifted, you’ll be safer from the coronavirus. Here’s how to tell if you’re experiencing an urgent emergency or if you can handle your situation at home until your dentist reopens.


Tips for Disinfecting Your Toothbrush and Keeping It Germ-Free

April 16, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 3:24 pm
Smiling, healthy woman holding a clean blue toothbrush

It’s common knowledge that regularly brushing your teeth is an essential part of protecting your oral health. However, in order to keep your mouth clean, you need to use a clean toothbrush! If you don’t store or clean it properly, it could easily become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Your Waco dentist shares a few helpful tips on how to disinfect your toothbrush and keep your smile happy and healthy.


4 Oral Health Tips for National Nutrition Month

March 17, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 2:37 pm
fresh fruits and vegetables arranged on a countertop

Many people aren’t aware that the foods they regularly eat can impact the health of their teeth and gums. Since March is National Nutrition Month, there’s no better time to learn some great dieting habits that can improve your oral and overall wellbeing. That way, you can rest assured that you’re doing everything you can to preserve your smile as well as your body. Read on for four nutritional tips that are great for your physical health as well as your teeth and gums.


Recently Had a Tooth Extraction? Here’s How to Avoid Dry Socket

February 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 12:44 am
A man with mouth pain due to dry socket.

When a tooth extraction is completed, the tooth leaves behind an open socket. Immediately following your treatment, the dentist will ask you to bite down onto a gauze pad so that the bleeding can stop and a clot can form. This blood clot is responsible for protecting the nerve tissue and bone inside your mouth. This also allows the gums to heal properly. However, if that clot dislodges or dissolves, it can lead to a host of problems. To avoid this situation, take note of the following steps very closely.


What is Tooth Enamel and How Can You Prevent it From Eroding?

January 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 3:09 pm
person drinking coffee and holding their mouth in pain

Tooth enamel erosion will unfortunately occur no matter what you do. However, there are ways that you can reduce how fast it deteriorates and help rebuild it, so your teeth aren’t left defenseless. This outer protective layer of your teeth is your first line of defense against cavities and other oral health problems. Read on to learn about how you can protect your smile and spot the early signs of enamel erosion.


4 Ways to Keep Your Smile Cavity-Free This Holiday Season

December 5, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 7:26 pm
a middle-aged woman smiling

When thinking about all the people you need to buy for this holiday season, your dentist probably isn’t someone high on your priority list. Fortunately, he doesn’t ask for much, but if he had a wish list, it would certainly be for you to maintain a cavity-free smile as you finish out 2019. What better way to start 2020 than with healthy teeth and gums, right? To help you achieve this goal and keep your dentist happy, check out these 4 ways you can navigate the holidays without developing tooth decay.


How to Prevent Gum Disease When You Have Diabetes

November 7, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 7:00 pm
multiple hands holding up the word "diabetes"

If you have diabetes, you already know that it’s a disease that affects your whole body. But did you know the ways it affects your mouth? That’s right, people with diabetes (of both types) are more likely to get oral health problems like gum disease. Since November is National Diabetes Month, now is the perfect time to learn about the connection between uncontrolled diabetes and dental health issues.


Discover Why It’s Best to Use Your Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year

October 9, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 6:20 pm
an older man smiling

With only a few months left before we ring in 2020, there is only a limited amount of time left to use your remaining dental insurance benefits. If you’ve met your deductible and already recovered from that costly root canal, good for you, but what if you opted to hold off until next year to have it done? This mistake can cause you to forfeit valuable benefits and money already spent. Find out why you’re better off going ahead with the procedure now instead of waiting until January 1.

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