When you ask most people what they’d like to improve about their smile, the answer is the color of their teeth. Over time, teeth naturally darken as a result of food, beverages, and certain habits. It’s not surprising that teeth whitening is becoming one of the most popular treatments you find in the dentist’s office today — and Dr. Rick Cofer offers professional teeth whitening for all of Waco. Learn what’s causing your teeth to change color, and ways you can prevent their staining for a whiter smile, naturally.
June 1, 2016
January 25, 2016
Do you have brown or white spots on your teeth? Has this discoloration been part of your smile your whole life? You may have fluorosis, a discoloration of teeth during dental develop. Before permanent teeth ever erupt from the gums, they absorb fluoride and other nutrients in order to build strong, healthy dental structures. Most teeth are fully formed by the time a patient reaches the age of 8. If kids are over exposed to fluoride before teeth have fully developed, discoloration on the surface of teeth, fluorosis, occurs as a result. At Premier Family Dental, we offer multiple treatment options to reverse fluorosis discoloration.
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.