Who knew that your regular dental examination could potentially save your life? Many dental mishaps serve as “red flags” to dentists. Dental experts like Dr. Rick Cofer, a comprehensive family dentist, can use these signals to foresee more serious underlying health issues. Your friendly dentist in Waco not only assists you in maintaining your oral hygiene, but he plays an important role in recognizing lifestyle changes that need to be made to improve overall health. Talk about two for the price of one!
January 29, 2017
January 20, 2017
Do you brush your teeth regularly, but still experience bleeding gums or swelling during your nightly dental routine? Gum disease is very subtle in the beginning, making it more common than you may think! Gum disease is caused by a soft plaque buildup that has not been attended to or removed properly. If you are not taking the proper precautions to remove plaque properly, you could be on the fast track to a severe dental issue: gingivitis. Dr. Rick Cofer, your family dentist in Waco, is here to offer valuable advice when it comes to taking care of your gums.
July 28, 2016
Teeth work hard, and each type of tooth in your mouth has a unique role to play. Let Dr. Cofer, your dentist in Waco, TX, at Premier Family Dental, go over the function and purpose of each tooth. The information might surprise you, and you’ll certainly be encouraged to take proper care of each and every tooth!
February 5, 2016
Premier Family Dental wants to see your entire family keep their mouths healthy. The foundation to a healthy mouth is your oral hygiene, which all starts with brushing your teeth. When choosing a toothbrush, you have many, many options, including manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes, but which is really better? Dr. Rick Cofer, Jr. is here to give you the facts about manual and electric toothbrushes.
February 3, 2016
We all know that it’s important to maintain your oral health to keep your teeth healthy for an attractive smile, but did you know your oral health is also linked to your overall health? Since oral health and overall well-being go hand-in-hand, if you neglect your oral health, you’re raising your risk for serious health conditions, such as heart disease, respiratory illness, and periodontal disorders. At Premier Family Dental, we understand that you can’t be well with an unhealthy mouth, which is why we encourage you to make necessary changes for optimal health.
November 9, 2015
Every time I go to the grocery store, I’m overwhelmed by one thing: the number of choices we have these days. Some people say this wealth of choice could actually make us unhappier overall. Now I don’t know what to think about that, but I do know that nothing can seem more daunting than a trip to the toothpaste aisle — with hundreds of choices, it can be impossible to know which one is best for you. As your Waco dentist, Dr. Cofer understands, and he’s in today with tips for choosing a toothpaste that’s just right for you and your teeth. Keep reading to learn more.
July 15, 2015
Your overall health is dependent upon the rest of your body, including your mouth. Proper dental care and oral hygiene are an important part of your overall well-being. From the moment our first tooth erupts, good oral care is vital. It helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, prevents problems that can lead to tooth loss, and helps you hold on to your natural teeth. Dr. Rick Cofer and his staff in Waco, TX want you to know just how important dental exams are for adults. You may think you’re a tough guy or gal, but oral problems that are left untreated can spawn a slew of dental issues that can become costly down the road. Dr. Cofer is the preferred general dentist in 76712.
Common Adult Dental Concerns
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. But, the only way to ensure they stay healthy and strong is to have routine dental exams and other thorough cleanings. Plaque, tartar, and bacterial build-up can leave your smile at risk for major complications. You may not experience any problems soon, but at some point you will, and therapy may be painful, not to mention costly. Waco dentist Dr. Cofer understands you have concerns and wants to address them.
Some of the most common dental concerns among adults are:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Crooked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Dry mouth
- Gum disease (periodontal disease)
- Mis-spaced teeth
- Mouth sores
- Oral cancer
- Tooth decay
- Tooth erosion
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
All of the above can be highly problematic, however, there are ways to combat the onset of many of these issues. Simple recommendations like drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugar-loaded beverages, can make a huge difference. Others include:
- Eating a healthy diet and limiting between-meal snacks
- Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste (preferably after every meal)
- Floss at least once a day
- Have a regular dental exam and professional cleaning every 6 months
- Properly care for any dental appliance (retainer, mouth guard, plate, bridge, dentures, etc.)
Excellent Dental Care For Adults
We take preventive care very seriously. It’s recommended that adult patients visit every six months for routine general dentistry care which includes thorough cleanings, dental exams, and children’s dental care. Routine dental care combined with dental exams will keep your need for more extensive care to a minimum. This keeps you and your wallet happy.
Our general dentistry therapy includes:
- Dental cleanings and hygiene
- Dental exams
- Periodontal care
Schedule an Appointment Today
For the best general dentist, Waco’s own Dr. Rick Cofer and his staff are ready to handle all of your dental problems. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean preventive procedures should fall by the wayside. Schedule an appointment and let’s work together on transforming your smile! We serve patients in Waco, TX and the surrounding communities of Bellmead, Beverly Hills, Woodway, Robinson and beyond.