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Does Everyone Have Wisdom Teeth?

August 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 7:14 pm
dentist showing dental x-ray to patient who needs wisdom tooth extractions in Waco

In late high school and early college, you couldn’t go more than a week without hearing someone talk about getting their wisdom teeth removed. It seemed like a rite of passage you had to experience in order to fully become an adult. As the years went on, you never felt the wisdom tooth pain that your friends said they felt. You started to wonder if you even had wisdom teeth at all. Do some people just not have wisdom teeth? Keep reading to find out whether everyone needs wisdom tooth extractions in Waco.


4 Helpful Tips to Maintaining a Healthy Smile While on Vacation

July 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 6:48 pm
a young woman wearing a hat and smiling while on the beach

It’s summertime, and you and your family are preparing for a beautiful week-long getaway to an island in the Caribbean. While packing, you suddenly ask yourself if there is anything you need to ensure your smile remains healthy, intact, and feeling its best while you’re away. After all, you don’t want to miss lounging on the beach because of a nagging toothache that won’t go away. To help you prepare, a family dentist in Waco shares 4 tips you can use to make sure you and your smile remain in optimal shape while on vacation.


Summer Is the Perfect Time to Straighten Your Smile with ClearCorrect!

June 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 8:48 pm
woman smiling in the sunset after wearing clear braces in Waco

Summer is finally here! Even though this summer is drastically different from those in years past, you can still enjoy plenty of social distant outdoor activities with friends and family. Of course, the one thing that happens at most of these gatherings is picture-taking. If you have crooked teeth, this can fill you with dread. Since you’re an adult, maybe you feel like you’ve missed the boat when it comes to straightening your smile. After all, you don’t want to wear braces and look like a dorky teenager again. Fortunately, ClearCorrect can align your smile discreetly and without any metal. Keep reading below to learn more about these clear braces in Waco.


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.

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