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4 Oral Health Tips for National Nutrition Month

March 17, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 2:37 pm
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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.


5 Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist Before Getting a Smile Makeover

September 23, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 6:12 pm
woman with white teeth smiling

If you have problems with the way your grin looks, you might be considering a smile makeover. However, you probably have some concerns first, like whether your results are going to be worth it. After all, smile makeovers can be expensive and take up to several appointments, so you want to make sure you choose the right cosmetic dentist. Here are 5 questions to ask a dentist before considering them for a smile makeover.


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.

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