Well before my pursuit of dentistry as a career, my first exposure to the potential of cosmetic dentistry were reality TV shows such as ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” (2002-2007) and FOX’s “The Swan” (2004). Both of these TV shows depicted ordinary people who underwent radical physical transformations via plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, weight loss regimens, hairdressing, and wardrobing. The transformations were consistently dramatic and often life changing for the participants due to the improved self-esteem which resulted from these “extreme makeovers”. Despite this fact, both TV shows were mired in controversy due to accusations of creating unrealistic body image goals among both men and women. Nonetheless, even a casual observer of the show could not deny the tremendous impact of the “smile makeover” component of these transformations.
Darren G. Koch's Blog
January 19, 2018
January 8, 2018
Nothing is worse than feeling ill due to a cold or the flu. Despite your best efforts, it is bound to happen as there are more than 200 different viruses that can cause colds and 3 common strands of the flu. On average, you will get sick 2-4 times per year. When you are under the weather, often your only thoughts are on resting to feel well again. As a result, you can let your oral hygiene slip as the health of your teeth and gums are the last thing on your mind. However, your dentist in Cary recommends that you spend time caring for your mouth to prevent dental complications from developing.
December 31, 2017
Now is a busy time of year as you travel for the holidays. While you prepare for your trip, those plans do not include an unexpected dental emergency. Although you can never tell when one is going to occur, it is best to plan for it anyway as one is six Americans will have one this year. If the unexpected occurs while you are traveling, it is best to find a dentist in Cary who can provide you with the immediate care you need to save your tooth from an extraction.
December 10, 2017
Your teeth are designed to last for a lifetime with the right care, like maintaining your home oral hygiene habits and visiting your dentist in Cary every six months for a cleaning and checkup. However, even with the best preventive measures in place, damage to your teeth can still occur. Among the biggest threat is tooth decay. While it is common, it is avoidable with the right preventive treatments, like dental sealants. These provide a hidden barrier of protection between your tooth and decay-causing bacteria.
November 28, 2017
Dental insurance allows you to visit your dentist in Cary regularly to promote your oral health while keeping your out-of-pocket costs to a minimum. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 64% of adults and 84% of children had an appointment last year. Often, dental care is delayed due to the fear of cost, but if you have insurance coverage, you have nothing to fear. As the end of the year approaches, now is the time to maximize the value of your benefits before they expire.
October 31, 2017
For as long as you can remember, you have been advised to visit your dentist in Cary every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup. However, if your insurance company or dentist has recently recommended that you receive a cleaning more often, you may be a bit confused as to why it is necessary. While most people only need the preventive procedure twice a year, those with certain conditions, like gum disease, will need to have their teeth cleaned more often. As a result, you may find yourself in the dental chair more often than what was previously recommended.
July 31, 2017
The health of your family’s smiles is important to you. You strive to instill healthy oral habits, but does everyone visit their dentist in Cary regularly? All too often, daily commitments and busy schedules can get in the way of preventive dental care. As summer comes to an end, now is the perfect time to schedule your loved one’s semi-annual dental cleanings and checkups. Before your children head back to school and your days become filled with homework help, take the time to keep your family’s oral health a priority. If you currently do not have a dentist, we are gladly accepting new patients.
July 1, 2017
When it comes to your dental health, your home oral hygiene habits and regular care from your dentist in Cary are important. However, even with the best of preventive measures, there may come a time when you will need a procedure. It is natural to have questions and to feel concerned. We want to help ease your worries, which is why we offer a patient information center because we believe that knowledge is power. In addition to finding comprehensive material regarding many common procedures, you will also discover valuable information to help you promote your dental health.
June 30, 2017
When you visit your family physician, having your blood pressure checked is a routine part of the appointment. You might be a bit surprised if your dentist recommends it as well; however, it is for good reason. You should have your arterial pressure evaluated prior to dental procedures and at your preventive appointments. The results of the screening give your dentist in Cary, Dr. Darren Koch, key information regarding your safety during dental treatments and potential risks to your oral health. We offer the screenings at your cleaning and checkup appointments to ensure your overall well-being.
June 19, 2017
If your dentist has recently recommended that you undergo a study for sleep apnea, you may be a bit caught off-guard. In fact, you might even brush off their advice because they are not a medical physician. However, if you do not take their advice seriously, you could be placing your health and life at risk. Even through a dentist is not a medical doctor, they are specially trained to recognize the signs of the sleep disorder and play a vital role in its treatment. Dr. Darren Koch understands that you may be a bit hesitant to take medical advice from a dentist, but as a provider for sleep apnea treatment in Cary, he encourages you to think twice before ignoring his advice.