Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

October 18, 2019

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Everyone wants pearly white teeth, so of course, we should brush more often, right? That may seem logical, but the answer from The Richardson Dentist is, no!

The problem with brushing too often is that many people wind up brushing too aggressively, leading to gum recession.  You don’t want that.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line. Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line, including tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?

The best way to get pearly whites (and prevent decay) is to brush longer, but with a light touch. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

When you are finished brushing, it’s time to floss. Be sure to get the floss down into the pocket between the gum and teeth.

Why?

Brushing longer and not harder is the key. When you brush your teeth quickly, you may not be getting all the particles of food off. You don’t want the fragments of food to turn into plaque.

If you truly desire whiter teeth, make certain you brush your teeth in a slow, circular motion for at least two minutes. Methodically go over each tooth on every surface. Don’t forget your tongue!

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. The fluoride helps your teeth re-harden after eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages.

Whitening toothpastes can help improve your smile. But to get the whitest teeth possible, ask about professional teeth whitening from The Richardson Dentist. It’s one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call for 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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Not Happy With Your Dentist?

October 11, 2019

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Looking for a new dentist? It’s easy to find one. A quick Google search, a Yelp review or two, and you’ll have a short list of possibilities. The trick is finding a dentist you’re happy with! At The Richardson Dentist, we’re proud of our positive online reviews.

Even so, knowing whether a dentist is right for you can be a little tricky. What traits should you look for? There are a lot of factors that come into play. Do you choose a dentist near your home? By experience and education? Or maybe because a friend recommended a practice?

What To Look For

It may not be an exact science. But here are some of the things we think you should look for when trying to find a dentist:

Convenient Location?
Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist. That doesn’t mean choosing the dental practice closest to your home, though. While location plays an important role in convenience, you may be willing to drive a little farther for a better experience.

Do You Feel Comfortable?
Chairside manner is a critical factor. Whether it’s a general dentist, a pediatric dentist, or some other specialty, a good dentist will listen to your concerns and address any issues you might raise.

Specialty?
Dentistry is complex, and always changing. A good dentist is going to specialize, and is committed to staying on top of innovations and developments. A desire and willingness to improve is a trait to look for.

At The Richardson Dentist, we strive for excellence and want our patients to have a positive experience, and great dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We would love to see you in our office for a cleaning and checkup soon!

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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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

October 4, 2019

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When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At The Richardson Dentist, we like our patients to see us every six months. It’s the best way to stay on top of your dental health.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene behaviors, or are plagued with medical conditions that impact your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is essential to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked right away.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There are lots of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist.

At The Richardson Dentist we assess many factors to determine the status of your dental health, and want you to have a beautiful smile for life. We offer 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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Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

September 27, 2019

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This message from The Richardson Dentist is about an unpleasant topic, halitosis – better known as bad breath. While poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of bad breath, many conditions can contribute to or worsen it. One of these is the lack of saliva, or xerostomia.

Saliva and Oral Health
Saliva moistens the teeth and gums and eliminates odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel strength. Immunoproteins in saliva suppress the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby safeguarding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This guards against tooth decay and infections.

Many people suffer from dry mouth sporadically. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have occasional periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can bring about additional oral and physical health troubles.

At The Richardson Dentist we offer a wide range of general and restorative dentistry. Call today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup!

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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Debunking Dental Myths

September 20, 2019

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This blog post from The Richardson Dentist focuses on three all-too-common dental-related myths.

All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth
We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.

You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway
Healthy primary teeth serve several important purposes. They allow the child to eat and speak properly. They retain proper spacing of teeth. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.

Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal
We will let the American Associate of Endodontists explain this one:
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.

At The Richardson Dentist, we provide accurate answers to all of your dental questions. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call to 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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Raise Your Dental IQ

September 13, 2019

Raise Your Dental IQ

In this message from The Richardson Dentist, we remindyou that small things can raise your Dental IQ and benefit your smile. One simple lesson involves bacteria – and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. It’s the balance of bacteria that’s important. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.

This is not pleasant to think about, but make sure you store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush.

Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!

When it comes to your toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, cavities, as well as bad breath.

If your teeth are sensitive, avoid rinsing them after you brush. The fluoride in the toothpaste can help remineralize your enamel. If you go to bed with some toothpaste left on your teeth, it has a chance to go to work.

At The Richardson Dentist, we want all of our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule your next 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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Spotlight-Ready Smiles

September 6, 2019

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A mouth full of unattractive teeth can really distract from anyone’s appearance. But a spotlight-ready smile, like what you can get with cosmetic dentistry from The Richardson Dentist, can bring you increased satisfaction and confidence in your social interactions.

Cosmetic dentistry is that branch of  dental science that creates positive changes to your teeth and your smile. We believe that cosmetic dentistry should enhance the overall dental health of our patients.

Some of the most popular procedures include:

  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are paper-thin shells of durable material (ceramic, porcelain, or composite resin) bonded to the teeth to provide strength and add beauty to any smile.
  • Dental implants. Implants are titanium posts that are implanted into the jaw, where they act as replacement roots to missing teeth. One implant can support an artificial tooth, while a group can support dentures.
  • Teeth whitening. Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? Professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile far better than any product you’ll find at the store, giving you a brilliant smile.

These are just some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures at The Richardson Dentist that transform smiles every day. We also offer restorative dentistry, and many other services. 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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Just Like Natural Teeth (Naturally Perfect Teeth, That Is!)

August 23, 2019

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Have you been searching for the right dentist to correct your crooked, stained, or chipped teeth? The team at The Richardson Dentist wants to end your search!

We specialize in porcelain veneers, a terrific, minimally-invasive solution for cracked, stained, or chipped teeth.

Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted glass-like porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the surface of the teeth that need correcting.

They are one of the moste popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, and are so effective they’ve been called “instant orthodontics.” Technically, of course, they are not orthodotnics – but they’re very strong, and can work wonders on any smile.

One caveat: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in place, they are permanent. But once they are in place, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.

To find out more, schedule a consultation with The Richardson Dentist. Porcelain veneers are just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer. Make 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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Porcelain Veneers And Instant Orthodontics

August 16, 2019

Richardson Porcelain Veneers and Instant Orthodontics

Is your smile beginning to look a little dull? Has its luster faded over the years? Maybe you’ve got a chipped or slightly crooked teeth. You don’t have to live with these imperfections if you don’t want to. At The Richardson Dentist, porcelain veneers can mask these and other dental flaws, leaving you with a magnificent smile.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic or composite resin. We custom fit veneers to go over the front part of your teeth, giving them an attractive, completely natural appearance. You can use veneers to fix stained or chipped teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or abnormally spaced teeth.

Veneers are one of the most popular options available from modern cosmetic dentistry. They are so effective they’ve even been called “instant orthodontics.” Technically, of course, they are not orthodotnics – but they’re very strong, and can work wonders on any smile.

One caveat: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in place, they are permanent. But once they are in place, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.

To find out more about porcelain veneers, please call us at The Richardson Dentist. We also offer restorative dentistry, and a full range of other procedures. Make 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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The ADA: Promoting Dental Health Since 1859

August 9, 2019

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This message from The Richardson Dentist is about the American Dental Association. You have probably seen the ADA emblem on toothpaste and floss—but what else do you know about this dental association?

The ADA’s self-proclaimed purpose is to improve the level of public oral health by supporting the dental industry through not-for-profit federal, state, and local societies. It was formed in 1859 and is run by its members, which currently total over 160,000.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is not an endorsement of a product per se, but rather is a confirmation of the claims made by said product. Companies who want the ADA seal for a product must submit proof of rigorous scientific testing. Once submitted, the ADA re-tests the product to further verify results. There are currently over 300 products with the ADA credential.

The ADA does more than evaluate dental products. Here are some other ways the ADA works to carry out its mission:

  • Provides resources to support dentists and their practices
  • Educates the public about oral health
  • Works to maximize access to dental care
  • Offers advice on important issues that affect the dental industry
  • Works with with other organizations on scientific research projects and public health initiatives
  • Offers scholarships to dental students

At The Richardson Dentist, we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next 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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