How Long Should You Brush?

January 10, 2020

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At The Richardson Dentist, we recommend brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, every time you brush. Most people think they brush that long but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. Many of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

Essential Dental Health

Brushing your teeth is an important part of any dental health routine. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury remains out on that one. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. When you do the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle.

As you do the front and side surfaces, move the brush in gentle, circular strokes.

Toothpaste

Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste – or more than pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough.

Be sure the head of the toothbrush isn’t too big, especially if you have a smaller mouth. It needs to fit easily between your cheeks and gums. The handle is less important. Make sure it feels comfortable in your hand. Replace your toothbrush every three months, if not more often.

Tooth Massage

Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to brush very hard to remove it. Think of it not so much as brushing, but massaging your teeth. With that in mind you should you be able to keep that light touch.

And remember, brush for at least two minutes! If you’re running late, and are tempted to cut it short, resist. If it helps, use a stopwatch. You’ve probably got one on your smart phone.

At The Richardson Dentist, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. We offer general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

January 3, 2020

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In this post from The Richardson Dentist, we explore some specifics about brushing your teeth. One key to getting the most out of your toothpaste is getting plenty of foam when brushing.

Working up a good foam is brought about by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then brushing at a 45 degree angle. The foam aids in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around as you finish brushing to pick up any stragglers.

The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel. Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization of your teeth. This takes time, so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes, and get the foam throughout your mouth.

Flossing is an important part of cleaning your teeth. It doesn’t matter whether your floss before or after brushing. There are different types of floss available and they’re all effective. We do, however, recommend string floss over floss holders, because with string floss you can get all around individual teeth.

At The Richardson Dentist, we want all our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

December 27, 2019

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Sometimes when people lose a back tooth they wonder whether they should bother replacing it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to do the chewing. Why not leave it be and save some money? Actually, there are several very good reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant from The Richardson Dentist:

1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.

If a tooth tilts, moves, or rotates, it can impact the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.

2. The underlying bone will eventually pull back.

Without the tooth root, the jaw bone shrinks. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decline in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.

3. There will be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.

This can bring about excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing back tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call us at The RIchardson Dentist. We offer comprehensive general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

December 20, 2019

Toothbrush Wars in North Dallas

It may surprise you to know that some people have strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best: manual or electric. Is there one better than the other? At The Richardson Dentist, we think it comes down to how you brush, not what type of brush you use.

Electric toothbrushes have been commercially available in the United States since the 1960s. But they first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have come a long way since then. With the modern electric toothbrush, there is a lot of choose from.

Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:

  • Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
  • Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
  • Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
  • Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
  • Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability

Sonic

And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but we think they are in a class by themselves.

Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But people who love them say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.

When all is said and done, it depends on the person doing the brushing. A manual toothbrush used properly does a fine job cleaning your teeth. But you can always take it to the next level with a standard electric, or even a sonic, toothbrush.

At name of practice, we want for each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment

December 13, 2019

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Millions of Americans experience tooth sensitivity to one degree or another, causing them to avoid certain foods and beverages. If this sounds like you, please talk to us about it at The Richardson Dentist.

People with sensitive teeth are most likely to have problems with temperature. Hot or cold things, like coffee or ice cream, can be really difficult. Hard foods, like nuts, can also be difficult.

There is more than one cause of sensitive teeth, and it’s important to have a proper diagnosis. A common cause, though, is the wearing away of tooth enamel. This can expose the dentin just beneath it. Enamel can wear down from using a hard-bristle toothbrush and brushing too aggressively. That’s why we recommend always – repeat, always – using a soft-bristle brush and a light touch.

Other causes:

  • Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Bruxism (tooth grinding)

The treatment for sensitive teeth may involve filling a cavity or replacing a worn filling. If it’s caused by gum loss, you may need a graft.

Many cases of sensitive teeth respond very well to sensitive-teeth toothpaste. Take a look in the store: just about every major brand of toothpaste includes a line for sensitive teeth, and they are known to work. Many people see results within a week or two.

The most important thing is to talk to us about it, at The Richardson Dentist. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Innovative Implants For Confident Smiles

December 6, 2019

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At The Richardson Dentist, many of our patients get a boost in self-confidence after dental implant treatment.

Nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping them improve their smile and overall self-assurance.

How Do Missing Teeth Affect Your Life?

Missing teeth can impair your ability to speak and eat. Extensive tooth loss can make it problematic to eat a healthy diet. Dental implants can relieve pain, correct bite problems, and improve function.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw. It fuses with the bone, and becomes a firm and stable base. The implant acts as an artificial tooth root, and prevents bone recession in the jaw. One dental implant can support one artificial tooth. Several can support a dental bridge, or a full dental arch

At The Richardson Dentist, dental implants are among our restorative dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Is Grandpa Smiling?

November 22, 2019

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Here’s one of those good news/bad news messages from The Richardson Dentist: how do you think Americans are doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population?

The Good News:

The rate of decay in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.

The Bad News:

  • 25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth
  • Nearly 20% have untreated decay
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
  • Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

As you can see, the bad news outnumbers the good. Clearly, there is room for improvement.

What can improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three required components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care

At The Richardson Dentist, we are committed to providing our mature patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care that addresses the special challenges that affect them. These challenges include difficulty brushing and flossing due to arthritis, dry mouth caused by prescription medications, tooth sensitivity, bone recession, and complications due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

At The Richardson Dentist, we want all of our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule a cleaning and checkup today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

November 15, 2019

Common Myths about Richardson Family Cosmetic Dentistry

At The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX, we improve smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. From the questions that some patients ask, though, it seems there are some common misconceptions about what cosmetic dentistry can and cannot do. So we’re using this blog post to clear up a few of them.

Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

Many “cosmetic” dental procedures are not solely cosmetic.  Procedures such as tooth replacement prevent potential issues like tooth movement, bone loss, and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Myth #2: A Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many advantages. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

Myth #3: At-Home Teeth Whitening is as Effective as Professional Whitening

Commercially purchased whitening systems cannot compare to professional-strength teeth whitening treatments. They may remove surface stains, but do not provide the best results.

Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

Myth #5: Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth

Braces can transform a smile, even in adults. However, if your teeth are only slightly crooked, porcelain veneers can reshape your teeth and help you get a beautiful smile.

At The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX, we use cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles every day, and want the best possible smiles for all of our patients. Other services include restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Watch Out For Hidden Sugar

November 8, 2019

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Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities. Plenty of us adults also snack on too many sweet snacks and beverages. At The Richardson Dentist, we want you to be aware of hidden sugar and its risks to your dental health.

Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high-calorie content, many parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Bubble gum, lollipops, and chocolate bars are among the obvious ones, but there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.

Here are some popular kid’s snacks with significant amounts of sugar:

  • yogurt covered raisins
  • fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
  • rice cakes
  • many brands of yogurt, including the hand-held type
  • juice drinks
  • flavored milk
  • barbecue sauce
  • fruit smoothies
  • cereal bars

Controlling sugar intake is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks for your child, make sure you read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

At The Richardson Dentist, we want the best dental health for you and your kids. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Tooth Tips For Traveling

November 1, 2019

The Richardson Dentist Tooth Tips For Traveling

If you’re planning an extended trip, The Richardson Dentist reminds you to make sure it won’t interfere with any dental needs.

It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with us before leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to areas without adequate dental care options. This quick check-up will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

Another important consideration; if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, talk about it with us. Many dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re going by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. In addition, make sure you are aware of any necessary follow-up appointments before you schedule a vacation.

At The Richardson Dentist, helping your maintain your dental health is our most important role. Services include general and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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