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.
January 18, 2016
Next time you visit your local pharmacy or grocery store, take a few moments to explore the dental care aisle. You’ll find shelves of whitening gels, strips, pastes, and mouth rinses. All of these products promise dramatic results, effortless application, and long lasting brilliance. Unfortunately, retail whitening treatments are typically ineffective in removing stains. If you’re interested in brightening your smile, the friendly Waco dentist and team at Premier Family Dental invites you to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. During this appointment, we’ll determine the likely causes of your staining, and the best way to whiten teeth.
January 10, 2016
People make a lot of New Year’s resolutions. From dramatic weight loss plans to spending more time with family to paying off debts. Whatever your New Year’s resolution, remember, a beautiful smile goes with everything. According to studies conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, people found a beautiful smile to be an indicator of confidence, and were most likely to remember smiles than any other part of a first impression. Researchers at UC Berkley think that smiling more often allows people to live longer, happier lives, and an employment survey showed people with an attractive smile were more likely to get hired or promoted. Maybe 2016 is your year to shine with a picture-perfect smile from the team at Premier Family Dental in Waco.
January 4, 2016
Choosing a family dental practice in Waco may seem like searching for a needle in a haystack, but selecting the right practice for your specific dental needs may be easier than you think. Before diving in head first, review our tips for finding the right dental practice to meet the needs of your family for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.
December 21, 2015
Toothaches have been the topic of much debate for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations believed worms living in teeth caused toothaches, ancient Egyptians recommended holding a dead mouse on aching teeth, their Chinese contemporaries wrapped parchment around teeth with prayers for relief written on them, and Germans in the middle ages recommended kissing a donkey for toothache relief. On February 9th, the feast of St. Apollonia is celebrated. This is also known as toothache day since St. Apollonia was severely beaten by and lost all of her teeth before succumbing to her wounds, and is the patroness of dentists and dental pain. Luckily, modern dentistry provides better solutions for toothaches than kissing livestock or praying to saints. One of the most severe toothaches patients will experience is caused by root canal infection. Root canal infection is actually infection of the inner, pulp, layer of the tooth not necessarily confined to the root canal. All of the nerves in teeth are found in the pulp, so it’s no surprise that these infections are painful. At Premier Family Dental, we offer painless root canal therapy to restore patients’ smiles.
December 14, 2015
For years, patients who needed dental crowns had to wait two or more weeks to receive a custom dental crown. After preparing the damaged tooth, dentists sent plans, images, and scans to a ceramics lab where dental restorations were milled and sent back to the practice. While the customized tooth was being crafted, patients wore a temporary crown that was prone to breaking and coming dislodged. At Premier Family Dental, our Waco dentist and team offer an alternative: CEREC same day dental crowns.
December 7, 2015
Many of our patients seek orthodontic treatment at some point in order to straighten misaligned teeth. Those patients often experience a decline in oral health due in part to how challenging it is to care for teeth with braces. Our dentists and hygienists help patients develop and maintain an at-home hygiene routine to keep teeth and gums healthy throughout orthodontic care. Contact Premier Family Dental to find out more today.
December 1, 2015
When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, dentists offer patients numerous recommendations about oral hygiene, regular preventive care, and early diagnosis and treatment of dental health concerns. One often overlooked way to protect the health of teeth and gums is improved diet. The nutrients we absorb from the foods we eat provide bodies the building blocks necessary to promote optimal oral and whole body health. Two nutrients essential to oral health are calcium and vitamin c.
October 12, 2015
Trick or treat! Yep, it’s that time of year again when your favorite ghosts, goblins and super heroes will be bringing home sweet loot. And while Dr. Rick Cofer and the team at Premier Family Dental in Waco, TX, don’t want to spoil the fun, we also don’t want cavities to spoil your children’s smiles. As the children’s dentist Waco residents rely on, Dr. Cofer wants you to know that there are things you can do to help your children avoid tooth decay even while they enjoy the collection of candy and other goodies they receive on Halloween.