McDougal and Richards Dentistry Blog
May 2, 2017
Visiting the dentist should not be a scary experience. Unfortunately, for more than 30 million people, it is just that. It is estimated that as many at 15% of Americans avoid visiting the dentist due to dental fears and phobias. These can originate from various causes, such as a bad experience in the past, the fear of pain, embarrassment, and even the smells and sounds of the office. No matter the cause of your discomfort, it is important to maintain your dental care. To make the experience easier and less stressful, sedation dentistry in Richardson will help. Dr. Tom McDougal offers sedation to help you relax during your appointment.
April 30, 2017
It’s April, which means your dentist in Richardson is honoring national Oral Cancer Awareness month. Each year, we take this moment to remind our patients of the need for regular oral cancer screenings. Awareness of oral cancer remains low even as the disease is on the rise — it’s estimated that one person dies from oral cancer each hour in the United States. We’re working to improve outcomes following oral cancer diagnoses in North Texas, and it all starts with regular screenings! Don’t forget to ask for an examination alongside your routine checkup and cleaning. There’s never been a better time than during Oral Cancer Awareness month!
March 27, 2017
Your teeth, gums and other oral tissues are plagued with bacteria.That’s why the American Dental Association (ADA) wants adults and children to brush twice a day for two minutes and to floss daily as well. Your dentist in Richardson at McDougal & Richards Dentistry emphasizes the same important guideline because these bacteria cause tooth decay and gum disease, and they impact your systemic health, too. Learn why preventive dentistry improves both your oral health and your overall health.
February 9, 2017
Finding the right health care providers is a top priority. You want practitioners you can trust and work with for years to come, especially if you have a family to think about. The same is true of your dental care, and it’s even more convenient in these hectic times if your entire family can go to one dentist. In order to take the guesswork out of finding the right dental provider, Dr. Tom McDougal and Dr. Chris Richards offer some helpful tips on how to find an excellent dentist in Richardson.
January 23, 2017
When you are faced with a dental emergency there are two things you can count on:
- It won’t happen at a convenient time
- It may feel scary and even overwhelming
Dental emergencies are stressful, especially when you don’t know what to do. Dr. Tom McDougal and Dr. Chris Richards have some tips to help you navigate the situation. Your dentist in Richardson discusses what to do in a dental emergency.
December 19, 2016
The year is rapidly coming to a close, and that means many people are starting to think about their New Year’s Resolutions. This will take most to the gym or make them drastically alter their diet, but isn’t there another way? Can’t you improve your appearance and boost your confidence now, and not have to wait months for results? Yes you can, and the answer lies with your cosmetic dentist in Richardson, Dr. Tom McDougal. (more…)
November 9, 2016
Tooth loss has serious consequences–bone loss, gum recession, facial sagging, and others. Dr. Tom M.McDougal and Dr. Chris C. Richards, skilled dentists in Richardson, Texas, place modern dental implants to beautifully restore full oral function and great smile aesthetics. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), these state of the art artificial teeth help literally millions of individuals in the United States recover their smiles annually. Could you be one of them?
October 9, 2016
You wake up and immediately go into 5th gear. You need to get the kids ready for school, and your partner usually needs a little help getting out of bed as well. Once everyone else is out the door, you can finally throw on your own clothes and head to work. Suddenly, you’re cooking dinner and before you know it, you’re back in bed. If most of your days fly by like this, it can seem impossible to find time to get your damaged teeth fixed. You’re too busy thinking about everyone else. People like you need dental care that can fit into your packed schedule, and this is why your dentist in Richardson, Dr. Tom McDougal and Dr. Chris Richards, now offer same-day dental crowns. (more…)
September 12, 2016
Toothbrushing and flossing are simple oral hygiene practices, but so important. They protect mouths from decay and gum disease, the major reasons behind tooth loss in the United States. Your Richardson dentists, Dr. Tom McDougal and Dr. Chris Richards, possess impressive curriculum vitae, but tell patients at-home hygiene and lifestyle greatly contribute to the skill and artistry the doctors apply to their patients.
August 23, 2016
Is it time for your regular cleaning and check up? You may feel like it takes time away from your busy schedule. You may wonder why you have to go to the dentist so often? Is it really necessary? Wouldn’t once a year be sufficient? We’re here to tell you that it is necessary and once per year is not sufficient. Your dentist in Richardson discusses the significance of a six-month check up.