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.
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.
October 5, 2015
The Premier Family Dental team believes that every patient deserves adequate preventive and restorative dentistry services at an affordable cost. That’s why we’re proud to be in-network with most major PPOs. Even if we’re not one of your plan’s preferred providers, we’ll still help you make the most of your coverage. If you’re in need of a dentistry practice in Waco, TX, call Premier Family Dental to schedule an appointment with the dentist who offers premier care for the whole family.
September 25, 2015
At Premier Family Dental, we focus on comprehensive, conservative, preventive dental care. Comprehensive means we keep the optimal function of total oral health in mind when determining treatment. Conservative treatment retains as much natural dentition as possible, and preventive dentistry looks to stop oral health concerns before they start. One of the biggest contributors to preventive care happens outside our dental practice. Our team cleans and examines your teeth two days a year, but the remaining 363 days are all up to you. That’s why we offer guidance to maximize the benefits of your at-home care routine. Possibly the most essential aspect of oral hygiene is tooth brushing. The dentist 76712 residents rely on offers answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about toothbrushes. Call our Waco dentist to find out more or to schedule your appointment today.
September 2, 2015
As parents, we’re always busy. There’s a band concert tomorrow, a basketball game on Friday and doesn’t it seem like there’s a big math or English test every single day? We have tons of responsibilities in parenting, and in the midst of it all, other things can slip by. For example, your child’s teeth — when was the last time he or she visited the dentist? And are you sure they’re getting brushed (and flossed!) properly, two times a day? These may seem like minor details in the midst of everything else going on, but your Waco dentist is here to remind you that your child’s oral health should be one of your top priorities.
November 9, 2012
Brushing thoroughly twice a day is one of the best things you can do for not just your oral health but your overall health as well. And yet, as good as brushing is, it’s not enough by itself—flossing is also important.
Because flossing makes it easier for you to clean around your gum line and between your teeth. Without flossing, plaque and food particles would be left untouched, allowing them to cause decay or gum disease. And as recent medical studies have shown, gum disease shares a not-insignificant connection with other kinds of health problems, including:
- Respiratory ailments
- Pregnancy complications
- Heart disease
But there isn’t just one kind of floss out there. Among the different varieties, there are two main ones: waxed and un-waxed. So which is really more effective?
The benefit of using un-waxed floss—which is made up nylon strands woven together—is that it can more effectively clean spaces where teeth are very close together. The downside is that un-waxed floss can also break more easily.
Waxed floss, on the other hand, is made of regular floss but of course has a wax coating. That means it’s less likely to break, but it can also be difficult to use if you’re trying to clean between teeth that are very close together.
All of which means that there isn’t one particular type that’s right; it all depends on your needs. Some people have teeth that are very close to each other, while others have teeth that are spaced farther apart. The type of floss that’s right for you will depend on the type of teeth you have.
Dr. Cofer serves patients from Waco, Lorena, Robinson, Hewett, and surrounding areas.