Meet The Top Dentist of Pasadena, TX
Dr. Covell is a native of Pasadena, TX with family roots now a century old. Dr. Covell has earned a B.S. (Bachelor of Science) degree from the University of Notre Dame. He received his D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. Committed to a lifetime of learning, Dr. Covell’s journey has taken him to the prestigious L.D. Pankey Institute and the world renowned Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced dental studies. Dr. Covell is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Greater Houston Dental Society. He is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Academy of General Dentistry, and Houston chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry. He has been named a Fellow of the Academy (FAGD). Dr. Covell also sees many patients from Deer Park, TX for their dental needs.
Community Involvement in the Pasadena, TX
Dr. Covell is very involved in his community. He has been a member of the Pasadena Rotary Club since 1977 and served as the club President in 2012/ 2013. 2014 to present he has served as the Youth Services Director. In 2003, Dr. Covell was named the Pasadena ISD Distinguished Citizen of the year and in 2013 named volunteer of the year at Red Bluff Elementary School, in recognition of his service to the youth in the community. His involvement included Pasadena Pee Wee and Little League baseball, Sam Rayburn High School choir and athletics booster clubs, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts where he has accumulated over 27 years of service and currently serves as the committee chairman for Troop 773.
In his free time, Dr. Covell enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing and especially nature photography.
What should I look for when choosing a dentist?
What you seek when choosing a new dentist is a personal decision. It’s an important choice, as you’ll likely have a long-term relationship, possibly lasting decades. As with any medical practitioner, you want to know the person’s training, their experience, and their continuing education to remain current and up-to-date with the latest technology and procedures.
Here’s what you’ll find with Dr. Covell:
Education and Training:
- Undergrad Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame
- Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston
- Continuing education with the L.D. Pankey Institute and the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- Texas Dental Association
- Greater Houston Dental Society
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Texas Academy of General Dentistry
- Houston Chapter, Academy of General Dentistry
You also want to know your dentist is a part of the community. If you ask anyone in Pasadena, Texas, they’re likely to have known of Dr. Covell through his involvement with local Little League Baseball, Red Bluff Elementary School, Sam Rayburn High School Choir and Athletics Booster Clubs, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and 30+ years on the local Rotary Club.
What should I expect during my first visit to the dentist?
If you’re new to Dr. Covell and our team, your first visit will take just a little bit longer than a routine visit as we’ll need to get a little of your dental and physical health history. It’s likely we will also take x-rays of your teeth. That gives us a starting point for your future treatments. Dr. Covell wants a complete look at what’s going on inside your teeth, gums, and the supporting bone structures.
The rest of the appointment will be just like a routine visit. Your dental hygienist will first remove tartar with a dental pick. Tartar is plaque that has stayed on the teeth and calcified. A dental pick pressed against the tartar will make it break loose from the teeth. When your tartar has all been removed, your teeth will be cleaned with a rotating brush and an abrasive professional cleaning paste. This removes all plaque, remnants of tartar, and minor stains on your teeth.
Next your hygienist will measure your gums to check for any recession. Receding gums are one of the early signs of gum disease, or it can be a sign that you’re brushing a little too hard. These gum measurements will serve as benchmarks for future visits.
Dr. Covell will then come in and do a thorough overall check of your teeth and gums. He will use a pick to probe your teeth. He’ll check the fissures in your molars, where decay can build. He’ll check your gums for any pockets or areas where the gums are bleeding. He’ll look at their color (they should be bubble gum pink). Finally, he’ll check for any signs of oral cancer. This will involve checking under your tongue, feeling the glands in your upper neck, and looking for any visual clues to the presence of cancer.
How often should I visit the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone see the dentist twice each year for professional cleanings and exams.
Why should I see the dentist every six months?
This isn’t an arbitrary number. Six months is about the time it takes tartar to build up on your teeth to the degree that it can begin to move under the gums. This is called gingivitis, another word for gum irritation. This is easily reversible during our professional cleanings where we will break off this tartar with dental picks. If you miss these appointments, this tartar continues to build and this is the beginning of gum disease.
Also, problems such as decay are easily removed and addressed when it’s only been six months since we last saw you. But if that decay is allowed to progress, it can enter the inner tooth, the dentin, and the pulp will become infected. This will cause serious pain and the tooth will now need a root canal to save it from extraction. Through our use of radiograph technology, we can spot dental problems very early in their progression. But we can’t do that if we don’t see you.
What are good habits that should be part of my home hygiene?
We are continually surprised by the way many patients give their teeth only cursory attention. They worry about the oil changes of their car more than the care of their teeth. That’s a shame because it’s not difficult; good home hygiene only takes a few minutes a day, and it’s likely to keep you from ever having to deal with serious dental issues like gum disease.
Here’s what you should do at home:
- Brush twice daily with a soft bristle toothbrush.
- Brush for two minutes, working your way around the front and the back of all teeth, brushing in a circular motion. Also brush your gums (but not too aggressively), the roof of your mouth, and your tongue.
- Floss once daily. Take about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your index fingers, leaving about three inches in between. Take this and move up and down the side of each tooth, starting at the back of the furthest back molar and working around the entire arch. Move the floss just under the edge of the gumline and then back up.
- Ditch the bad habits — Chewing ice, opening bottles with your teeth, and chewing your fingernails are all hard on your teeth and can actually lead to cracks developing in your teeth.
- Drink fewer sugary sodas and juice drinks that actually only have 10% juice in them.
- See us every six months without fail.