McDougal and Richards Dentistry Blog

What Will Be Different During My Next Dental Visit?

May 3, 2020

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a dental staff member using a special pouch to sanitize dental instruments used by a dentist in RichardsonWhen preparing for your upcoming visit to see your dentist in Richardson, you might be surprised to learn that a few things have changed since your last appointment. Since COVID-19 has caused people to change the way they work, learn, and interact, necessary steps are being taken by your dental team to make sure everyone who comes in for treatment remains safe and healthy. If you’re wondering how things will be a bit different than before, spend some time reviewing the protocols your dentist is putting into place to maintain an office that is free of COVID-19.


Which Snacks Can Help Improve Your Oral Health?

March 8, 2020

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a young woman with blonde hair smiling and holding a magnifying glass up to her mouthDo you enjoy a snack between meals? Do you find yourself going to the vending machine while at work, or do you have a stash in your desk? No matter where you keep them, or where you go to get your favorite mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, are you choosing healthier options are those that are filled with sugar? To understand why it’s better to embrace fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-rich foods, hear from a dentist in Richardson who can explain what effects these food choices can have on your teeth.


Is It True Your Gum Health Can Make You More Vulnerable to Heart Disease?

February 7, 2020

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a person showing their red gumsFebruary is Heart Health Awareness Month, which means it is time to talk about gum disease. Wait…what? That’s right! There is a connection between the soft oral tissues that surround your teeth and the organ that keeps blood pumping through your veins. If you’re surprised by this, consider exactly how this is possible. After all, everything you consume must pass through your mouth and into your stomach, right? Naturally, it makes sense that your gum health could be directly connected to your heart, as well as other areas of your body. To find out more about this unique link, hear from a dentist in Richardson who explains what you can do to keep your gum health in check.


How to Achieve a Healthy Smile in 2020

January 7, 2020

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a male patient having his teeth checked by a dental hygienistIt is 2020, and that means it is your chance to start anew. Whether you want to travel more, start a new job, lose weight, or buy a house, this year marks a chance for new beginnings. But what about your smile? With all the other changes you want to make, why not strive to maintain better oral health? Guess what? You can, and one of the best ways to do it is through regular checkups and cleanings by your dentist in Richardson. Find out why these visits are so important and what you can expect during your next appointment.


5 Great Stocking Stuffers for Better Oral Health This Holiday Season

December 3, 2019

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a row of stockingsTrying to find the right stocking stuffers is not always easy. Either the items get thrown into a drawer never to be used or are quickly eaten before you can say, “Wait until after dinner.” Instead of giving your child (or fellow adult) a useless tool or unhealthy snack this year, let a dentist in Richardson share 5 great ideas that will encourage better oral health in 2020.


Let’s Celebrate! 5 Healthy Holiday Tips for Better Oral Health

November 14, 2019

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a woman’s smile and hanging ornamentsThe holidays are a time for great fun with family and friends, giving thanks for all you’ve received this year, and don’t forget, indulging in some of your favorite sugary treats. From pumpkin pie to chocolate cake and everything in-between, these delectable sweets may taste delicious but can wreak havoc on your pearly whites if you’re not careful. To get ready for the holiday season, here are 4 tips for better oral health provided by a dentist in Richardson.

Discover How Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Relax at Your Next Appointment

October 16, 2019

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a woman sedated for a dental procedureIf the idea of going to the dentist’s office puts you on edge, you’re not alone. Millions of people have what is known as dental anxiety, but thankfully, dentists are offering ways to combat this problem with sedation dentistry. Not only is it easing the stress people experience, but it’s also allowing dentists to improve a patient’s oral health when they would otherwise forgo treatment. Hear what your dentist in Richardson has to say about this beneficial method of treatment and how it is making a difference in the lives of both dentists and patients.


5 Reasons to Maximize Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year

September 7, 2019

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an older couple smiling and hugging each otherDid you just learn that you’re in need of a porcelain dental crown to protect your weakened tooth? Maybe you discovered a root canal is the preferred treatment to save your tooth from extraction? No matter what type of dental work you’re preparing for, your dental insurance can help in minimizing your costs. But don’t wait until after the new year to schedule your procedure. A dentist in Richardson shares 5 reasons you should maximize your dental insurance before the year ends.


Dentist Shares 5 Bad Dental Habits to Break to Maintain Good Oral Health

August 14, 2019

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a woman chewing on a penWhether it is chewing on pens and pencils while working or grinding your teeth at night, bad habits can often have negative effects on a person’s oral health. The truth is that most people do all sorts of things that are proven bad for your teeth and gums, many of whom don’t even realize they’re doing them! When it comes to your pearly whites, you want to keep them healthy for as long as possible, which is why your dentist in Richardson recommends breaking these 5 bad dental habits.


Here Are 4 Things You Should Know Before Getting Invisalign in Richardson

July 7, 2019

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an Invisalign alignerYou’re about to have your teeth straightened with Invisalign in Richardson, and you couldn’t be happier. Not only will your smile be straighter and healthier in no time at all, but the best part is that no one has to know you’re being treated because of the clear, plastic aligners! But do you know what the requirements are to have a successful treatment with Invisalign? Are you ready for the commitment? Here are 4 things you should know before straightening your teeth with Invisalign.


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