Common Dental Questions

June 14, 2019

At The Richardson Dentist, we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Common Questions

One of the questions we’re frequently asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a more nuanced answer includes that time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then we examine your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

And More!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at The Richardson Dentist. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Do Whitestrips Work?

June 7, 2019

Do Whitestrips Work in Richardson?If you have visited the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store, you have probably noticed dozens of products for whitening your teeth. How do they stack up against professional teeth whitening, like what you’ll get at the Richardson Dentist?

Whitening Rinses
Whitening rinses are similar to mouthwashes. They kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque. Whitening rinses, however, contain tooth-whitening ingredients not found in mouthwashes. Manufacturers advise taking a mouthful of the rinse and letting it slosh around on your teeth for one minute twice a day. Though this method is uncomplicated, many users never notice a lightening of their teeth. This is probably because the rinse does not touch your teeth long enough to truly whiten them.

Whitening Strips
The whitening strips you can buy in grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. Though they contain a bleaching agent, it is much less potent than those used in dental offices. Another problem is that they do not whiten between teeth because the strips only touch the front surface. Though it is possible to remove stains, it can take months to see any whitening. By that point, you have probably spent more money than you would have if you’d have chosen the professional system.

Teeth Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with them is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on the teeth during treatment, the gel is more likely to slide off.

If you are serious about whitening your teeth, the safest, quickest, and the most reliable method is professional teeth whitening at The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX. It’s just one of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer. 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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It Doesn’t Take A Lot Of Time To Beautify Your Smile, Richardson

May 24, 2019

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Are you so busy you can’t find the time to improve your smile? Guess what? At The Richardson Dentist, it may not take as long as you think. We can help restore missing, cracked, or discolored teeth, sometimes in just one visit.

At The Richardson Dentist we have been treating the residents of Richardson since 1978 and have seen the results of neglected teeth and gums. Don’t let your smile deteriorate any longer, call us to begin restoring your smile.

Ask us about dental implants. Happy Richardson dental implant patients have discovered that implants look and feel like their own teeth.

Dental implants are great for producing a foundation for dentures, supporting a bridge, or replacing a damaged tooth without disturbing the surrounding teeth. Since dental implants interface into the anatomy of your jaw they help prevent bone loss and gum recession.

At The Richardson Dentist we would love to have a consultation and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you. Your smile is our number one priority, make it yours as well and you will be healthier and happier. We provide general and cosmetic 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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7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

May 17, 2019

North Dallas Cosmetic Dentist

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. In this post from The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX, we explain seven ways dental bonding is used in dentistry.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened or set with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

We usually consider the option of bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or just have the general shape changed. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover.

The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. We also offer restorative dentistry. 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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Oral Cancer: Early Diagnosis Makes A Big Difference

May 10, 2019

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This post from The Richardson Dentist is about oral cancer awareness.

When it comes to oral cancer statistics, two numbers are key: 40% and 90%. 40% of those who receive a late-stage diagnosis die within five years. For those who are diagnosed early, however, the survival rate is 90%.

Oral Cavity and Oropharynx—Mouth and Throat

Cancers that originate in the mouth (or oral cavity) are termed oral cancers. The oral cavity is comprised of the inside tissue of the mouth and cheeks, the lips, the tissue underneath the tongue, the roof of the mouth, and the front two-thirds of the tongue. “Why only two-thirds of the tongue?” you might ask. Because the back third of the tongue is considered part of the throat. Throat cancers, or oropharyngeal cancers, start in the oropharynx, the part of the mouth behind the parts considered part of the oral cavity. The oropharynx is comprised of the soft palate, the tonsils, and the throat.

How Are Oral Cancers Diagnosed?

Some oral cancers generate symptoms which prompt the patient to see a doctor and others are discovered by dentists and doctors during exams. Thousands of lives could be saved every year if more individuals received regular screenings.

A visual oral cancer exam is relatively quick and convenient, especially as compared to other cancer screening tests such as colonoscopies and mammograms. If an abnormality is discovered during an exam, the patient is referred to an appropriate specialist for further testing and diagnosis.

At The Richardson Dentist, we perform oral cancer screenings as part of every checkup. That’s just another important reason to see us every six months. We also offer a full range of cosmetic 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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Oral Health In Childhood Has A Lifelong Impact

May 3, 2019

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Keeping your child’s teeth healthy is critical while they are young. The team at The Richardson Dentist can help.

Tooth decay and gum disease can hinder speech development. It can make it more difficult for the child to eat healthy food. Unhealthy teeth reduce a child’s self-confidence. This, in turn, puts mental health at risk. Mouth pain can also influence school performance.

Maintaining dental health in childhood is essential for a high quality of life.

The Health Benefits Continue Into Adulthood

When your son or daughter grows into adulthood, oral health should still be a priority.

You may be surprised that poor oral hygiene increases the risk of numerous diseases:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Blood Cancers
  • Lung Cancer

At The Richardson Dentist, we help children and adolescents maintain healthy teeth and gums. We also detect problems in the early stages when they are easier (and less expensive) to repair.

You might think you know the basics of daily oral hygiene for children, but it is smart to get a refresher course from one of our expert, child-friendly hygienists.

At The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX, the dental health of your entire family matters. Our services include general and cosmetic 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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Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring

April 26, 2019

Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring In Richardson

Some people are interested in a full smile makeover might want to consider gum contouring from The Richardson Dentist. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is helpful for people who feel that their gums rest too low or too high on their teeth.

If you feel that your gums cover too much of the surface of your teeth, it may seem that your teeth are too small and out of proportion with your mouth. For those who have teeth that appear too long, gum contouring may help with your appearance, but it may also be necessary to counteract gum recession, a condition that can lead to periodontal disease.

Talk to us about gum contouring. At the Richardson Dentist we offer general and cosmetic 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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Smile Makeover Questions Answered At The Richardson Dentist

April 19, 2019

Garland cosmetic smile makeover

Even some men and women with excellent dental health want to improve specific components of their smile. With cosmetic dentistry from The Richardson Dentist, we can help.

Though proper brushing is essential for healthy teeth and gums, it won’t re-contour a gumline or repair a chipped tooth. A cavity-free mouth may still have stained or slightly misaligned teeth.

During a consultation with The Richardson Dentist, we will talk to you about:

Cost
Each smile makeover is completely unique, therefore the price varies from patient to patient depending on the specific procedures performed. During your consultation, we will give you an estimate for your smile redesign.

Function
Proper function is priority one. Your smile redesign will maintain or improve your ability to talk, eat, and smile.

Beauty
This is probably the main reason you are choosing to transform your smile. We will describe the cosmetic improvements you can expect and the technical details about the procedures.

Sedation
If your smile makeover requires several hours of treatment, or if you have dental anxiety, you may want to examine sedation. Dr. Goad will explain your sedation options and the associated costs.

Health
If you have existing decay or gum disease, these troubles need to be addressed prior to your cosmetic concerns. It may be possible to combine required restorative procedures with your cosmetic work.

To learn more about smile transformations, call The Richardson Dentist. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Modern Dentistry In Richardson With No Oxen Hooves

April 12, 2019

Modern Dentistry With No Oxen Hooves In North Dallas

One of the critical habits for good dental health is brushing your teeth every day with an effective toothpaste. There is a wide variety of toothpastes available. At The Richardson Dentist, we recommend you use one with fluoride and make sure it has the ADA seal. This ensures that the toothpaste has been tested, claims are being met, and the ingredients are correct.

A toothpaste may have a whitener among its ingredients, but that doesn’t mean it has fluoride, and it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for your teeth.

Toothpaste as we know it has only been in existence since the late 1800s. The earliest evidence of toothpaste or dental cream goes back a lot further than that, though: all the way back to 3000-5000 BC. The Ancient Egyptians pulverized oxen hooves, egg shells, pumice, myrrh, and water creating one of the earliest forms of toothpaste.

The Greeks and Romans began adding crushed bones and bark to the mix. The taste must have hard to take. During this same time the people of China and India were using a similar paste, but adding flavorings, like Ginseng and herbal mints making it a bit more palatable.

We’re lucky to be in an age where the variety is so great! All sorts of flavors and effects are on the market. Just remember to read the ingredients, and get something with fluoridate and the ADA seal.

At The Richardson Dentist we want to help all our patients have healthier smiles. Our services include general and cosmetic 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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Express Your Personality With A Smile Makeover

April 5, 2019

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What makes up a perfect smile? White teeth? Straight teeth? Teeth with pleasing proportions relative to one another? A stunning smile is more than the sum of its parts. At The Richardson Dentist, we use cosmetic dentistry to bring out another element—your unique personality.

What is a smile makeover? It is a combination of cosmetic procedures that remedy any problems with your existing smile.

Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a multitude of tooth restoration treatments. On the least invasive end, we have dental bonding and inlays/onlays. These can often be completed in just one visit. Porcelain veneers can remedy small imperfections such as chips. A veneer can also correct the shape of a tooth that is misaligned.

If you have teeth that are not structurally sound, you may need a dental crown. The crowns we provide at The Richardson Dentist in Richardson blend perfectly with your existing teeth. No “chiclet” effect where the crown sticks out like a sore thumb.

What if you have a missing tooth? Ask us about dental implants. This permanent tooth restoration is actually anchored into the jawbone, offering strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession. With a tooth implant, there is no need to damage the two adjacent teeth as is necessary for a dental bridge. There are a variety of dental braces available for our patients who need orthodontic treatment. Ask us about invisible braces, lingual braces and fast braces.

At The Richardson Dentist, cosmetic dentistry creates positive changes to your smile. We also offer 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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