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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Schedule Your Child’s Pediatric Dental Care Visit Today

February 10, 2015

78814605Celebrate your child’s healthy smile with a pediatric dental checkup and cleaning at Premier Family Dental. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The observance actually began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1941. The month long observance we know today as National Children’s Dental Health Month was established in 1981. The purpose of the celebration is to raise awareness and focus attention upon the epidemic of childhood tooth decay, a condition that is almost always preventable. Help us recognize the importance of maintaining good dental health in childhood, and schedule a pediatric dental care appointment for your child with Dr. Cofer and Premier Family Dental today.  Dr. Cofer is an experienced family dentist, now proudly serving patients of all ages throughout Waco, TX, Robinson, Lorena, and the surrounding communities.

Pediatric Dental Care from Your Waco Family Dentist

We strive to provide the preventive dental services your child needs to maintain a healthy smile. In additional to dental checkups and cleanings we can also provide tooth strengthening fluoride treatments and dental sealants. If your drinking water is not fluoridated, fluoride treatments may be needed to preserve your child’s healthy enamel. Dental sealants are thin, plastic protective barriers that can cover the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, effectively protecting your child from the ravages of early tooth decay.

Pediatric Dental Care at Home: Children’s Tooth Brushing Tips

  • Choose a small, child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste for your child to use.
  • Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when your child turns 3 years old.
  • Brush your child’s teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.
  • Replace your child’s toothbrush every 3 or 4 months.
  • Start flossing your child’s teeth once a day as soon as two teeth emerge that touch.

Waco Pediatric Dental Care Appointments

You can keep your child happy and smiling this year, and every year, with regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings. Schedule the pediatric dental care appointment your child needs with Dr. Cofer at Premier Family Dental today.  Dr. Cofer is a highly qualified Waco family dentist, now delivering quality care daily throughout Waco, TX, Robinson, Lorena, and the neighboring cities.

The Healthy Teeth Diet

November 24, 2014

494365699There are plenty of diet books and programs on the market for weight loss, but there are far fewer resources for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Sometimes, we may fail to realize that people will notice our teeth just as easily as they notice our weight. If you are concerned about keeping your teeth as healthy as possible, try adding some of these “healthy teeth” foods into your daily diet. Although good nutrition is essential to maintaining your good oral health, remember that there is no substitution for regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Get healthier at home and then make an appointment to see Dr. Cofer at Premier Family Dental.  Everyday Dr. Cofer and his experienced team help families stay healthy throughout Waco, TX, Robinson, Lorena, and surrounding communities.

Healthy Teeth Diet Suggestions

Avoid sugar packed and carbohydrate rich foods whenever possible. Then try incorporating the following healthy teeth foods into your family’s diet:

  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Fortified soy and rice beverages
  • Canned salmon or sardines
  • Almonds
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Spinach
  • Bananas
  • Orange colored fruits and veggies
  • Tea

Healthy Teeth Appointments for the Whole Family in Waco, TX

Your dental health is directly linked to your overall health. Practicing a healthy diet will not only help you maintain a healthy weight, it will also protect your teeth. These healthy teeth foods are packed with nutrients like calcium, Vitamin D and magnesium.  These minerals help protect your teeth and gums from decay and infection. Along with a good oral hygiene routine, the healthy teeth diet can keep your family’s teeth in tip top shape. Dr. Cofer wants to partner with you to prevent dental problems. Make an appointment to see Dr. Cofer at Premier Family Dental today.  Dr. Cofer and his team can provide professional dental cleanings and address any signs of trouble at the earliest stages. Dr. Cofer and his team at Premier Family Dental proudly serve families throughout Waco, TX, Robinson, Lorena, and nearby areas.

Holiday Dental Care Advice for the Whole Family

November 10, 2014

452468229You may be extremely busy this time of year with holiday preparations, but remember that this is not the time to forget about proper dental care. In fact, you should be extra vigilant with your oral hygiene during the holidays because of the many tempting foods that are extra damaging to your dental health. When we consume sugar filled drinks and snacks, the naturally occurring bacteria in our mouth is able to feed off of the sugary residue. As a result these bacteria produce an excess of tooth eroding acids that wear away our enamel and cause tooth decay. You don’t want to start off the New Year with a toothache. Fortify your family’s dental health over the holidays by making an appointment to see Dr. Cofer at Premier Family Dental today.  Dr. Cofer and his team can help you protect your family’s teeth with dental sealants and fluoride treatments among other preventative services. Dr. Cofer and his experienced team at Premier Family Dental proudly serve families throughout Waco, TX, Robinson, Lorena, and surrounding communities.

5 Healthy Holiday Dental Care Tips:

  • Only eat sugar and carbohydrate rich foods as part of a balanced meal. The saliva needed to help digest larger meals washes away more food particles and helps neutralize harmful acids.
  • Avoid sticky foods like raisins, dates and dried fruit which can hold acid against teeth longer than other foods.
  • Keep a toothbrush or some mouthwash handy so that you can brush right after eating at holiday parties.
  • Chew more sugar free gum. The Xylitol in sugar free gum has been shown to help fight off cavities and gum disease.
  • Eat a piece of cheese or drink a glass of milk after enjoying a sugary snack. The calcium in these dairy products can help keep your teeth strong throughout the season.

Holiday Dental Care Appointments in Waco, TX

Make it a point to start off the New Year with a bright and healthy smile. You can easily make holiday dental care appointments for the whole family at Premier Family Dental today. Dr. Cofer and his highly qualified team restore smiles daily throughout Waco, TX, Robinson, Lorena, and nearby areas.

How To Make Brushing Teeth Fun For Kids!

April 30, 2014

Filed under: Children's Dentistry — Tags: , , , , , , — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 7:45 pm

shutterstock_110213957Many parents may find it difficult to make oral care exciting and fun for their children. Getting your child to brush their teeth may be a hassle, every morning and night being a feat to overcome. Although some parents have come up with creative ways to make sure brushing teeth is fun, some parents still may be wondering how they can get their children to be excited about good oral care. Dr. Rick Cofer is an avid believer in establishing good oral care routines early on, and we have some suggestions for parents who want to make brushing teeth time into fun time!

One of the things parents can do to make brushing teeth time fun for their children is to join them in the fun! Brush your teeth with your children, and it will become a wonderful bonding moment between you.  Show your child how you brush your teeth, and let them mimic you. Fun toothbrushes are also a wonderful way to make oral care fun! If your child has a favorite cartoon movie or superhero, having their toothbrushes match is a wonderful way to get them excited about brushing their teeth.

Another great way to get kids excited about brushing their teeth is to have tasty toothpaste! There are many flavors of toothpastes made especially for children, helping them enjoy the experience much, much more. Making up a song is another wonderful way to get children excited about brushing their teeth. Kids usually respond more to song rather than words, so making the experience a fun, musical one is definitely a way to get the on the right track of wanting to take care of their smile. No matter how you choose to make brushing teeth a fun experience, make sure your child’s smile is the top priority, and accomplishing great oral care will be a breeze!

Premier Family Dental provides quality dental care from our Waco dental office because we truly believe in the power of a beautiful smile. We serve patients from Robinson, Lorena, and the Central Texas area. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Children’s Dentistry at Premier Family Dental

January 22, 2014

Filed under: Children's Dentistry — Tags: , , , , , , — Dr. Rick Cofer @ 5:17 pm

shutterstock_118749670The beautiful thing about children is that they’re carefree and beautifully happy. The only thing they can’t be carefree about, however, is taking care of their teeth. At Premier Family Dental, we emphasize the importance of your child’s teeth, and Dr. Cofer is ready and able to start your child off in the right direction. We understand that some children may have anxieties visiting dentists, which is why knowledgeable team is ready to welcome them with open arms and friendly smiles.

Child dentistry is very important because it is crucial to preventing problems before they arise, as well as sets up your child for success in the future. Common practices in children’s dentistry are dental sealants. Because a child’s tooth is more prone to cavities and decay, sealants grant protection by having a plastic covering painted in the grooves of the tooth to save from harm in the future. Sealants are primarily applied to premolars and permanent molars, given the grooves are deeper than the other teeth and more susceptible to deterioration.

Coinciding with sealants, fluoride treatments are also involved in child dentistry frequently. Fluoride plays a crucial role in preventing decay as well as acting as an agent for attracting other minerals, like Calcium and Phosphate, to build strong teeth. Granted, fluoride does not prevent cavities from emerging, but it may delay their arrival, giving your child a better chance to have beautiful, healthy teeth and a glorious smile. Beginning routine brushing and flossing habits early on is a sure way of having your child’s smile be as stunning as possible, and Dr. Cofer as well as the Premier Family Dental team are here to make sure your child has an awesome experience.

Premier Family Dental provides quality dental care from our Waco dental office because we truly believe in the power of a beautiful smile. We serve patients from Robinson, Lorena and the Central Texas area. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Back to School Dental Checkups

August 29, 2013

dental checkupFall is quickly approaching, and your children are heading back to school. Now is the perfect time to come see us for your child’s regular dental checkup. At Premier Family Dental, we recommend that all of our patients visit us twice a year for their dental checkup, no matter what your age is.

Dental checkups are an important part of preventative dental care. Our staff will clean and examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of disease or decay. We will also make sure they’re learning and practicing proper brushing and flossing techniques. Also, we will make sure your child’s teeth are developing properly and use fluoride treatments and sealants to help provide extra protection against decay and cavities. The earlier you get your child into the good habit of having a regular dental checkup, the better their oral health will be going forwards.

Back to school is a great time to schedule your child’s dental checkup. The start of a school year is a very busy time, so scheduling an appointment now before everything is in full swing will make your life a little easier. Make sure your kids are starting the school year right with a clean, healthy smile by bringing them in for their regular dental checkup.

Premier Family Dental provides quality dental care from our Waco dental office because we truly believe in the power of a beautiful smile. We serve patients from Robinson, Lorena and the Central Texas area. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

Children’s Dentistry in Waco

March 14, 2013

At Premier Family Dental, we want to take care of your entire family, so we also offer children’s dentistry. No matter what your age, we want all of our patients to have healthy, beautiful teeth. It is important to start good habits early on.

Children’s dentistry focuses on the special teeth needs that children have: learning proper brushing and flossing techniques, cavity prevention, and keeping baby and permanent teeth healthy.

Once your child’s teeth start coming in, it is important that they start visiting a dentist to ensure their teeth are developing correctly. We also recommend that you bring them along to one of your appointments so they can get used to the environment of a dentist’s office.

We offer fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help keep cavities from forming. Just because your child’s baby teeth will fall out doesn’t mean it’s not important to make sure they’re healthy. It is important for the development of your child’s smile and their self-confidence that their baby teeth remain healthy and stay in their mouth until pushed out by permanent teeth.

Children’s dentistry plays an important role in the health of your child’s smile. We would be honored to help ensure that your entire family has healthy, beautiful smiles. Call us today to schedule your child’s next appointment.

Premier Family Dental provides quality dental care from our Waco dental office because we truly believe in the power of a beautiful smile. We serve patients from Robinson, Lorena and the Central Texas area. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

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