McDougal and Richards Dentistry Blog

4 Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Dental Crown

October 12, 2022

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a dental crown

Interested in extending your dental crown lifespan? When a tooth needs better protection against decay and damage, it is important that steps be taken to ensure its longevity so that a possible extraction does not occur. By placing a customized restoration over the vulnerable structure, it accomplishes this task but only if you commit to taking proper care of your new artificial tooth. A local dentist is here to share four tips you should keep in mind if you want to extend the life of your crown and ultimately, your smile.


Is Genetics the Reason For My Stained Teeth?

September 13, 2022

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male with stained teeth

You’ve tried everything – store-bought whitening kits, specialized toothpaste, and even popular trends (that may not even be healthy for your teeth such as activated charcoal) – to rid your smile of unsightly stains. Unfortunately, the discoloration remains, leaving you to wonder what the cause might be and if there is anything that can help. Before you throw in the towel on brightening your smile, find out whether genetics might be the reason for your stained teeth and how a cosmetic dentist can help.


4 Ways to Extend the Lifespan of Your Dental Filling

August 17, 2022

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a patient with a dental filling

How long do dental fillings last? This is a common question many patients ask when learning they require a customized restoration to treat a cavity-stricken tooth. Fortunately, the materials used today are highly durable and capable of withstanding daily wear and tear. But if you want to learn what you can do to extend the lifespan of your filling, read on to learn four unique ways to keep it in place and enjoy a healthier smile.


Is Cosmetic Dentistry Just For Celebrities?

May 10, 2022

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a woman after cosmetic dentistry

You want to do something about your smile, but your uncertainty about cosmetic dentistry and whether it’s a feasible solution remains a barrier. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that only celebrities can achieve these beautiful, showstopping smiles, but that is simply not true! You, too, can smile like the stars, eliminating stains, chips, gaps, and slightly misshapen teeth. A local dentist shares available cosmetic solutions that will make your smile red carpet ready!


3 Reasons Hydration Matters When It Comes to Your Smile

April 14, 2022

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a glass of water

Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are all three of the most vital components of any oral hygiene routine. But did you know that apart from your morning and nighttime dental regime, there is another way you can keep your teeth and gums healthy? Believe it or not, hydration can make a big difference in the state of your smile. Read on to discover three reasons your mouth will benefit when drinking plenty of water each day.


Are My White Teeth Healthy?

March 19, 2022

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male with white teeth

There is no denying that having white teeth not only boosts your confidence but also causes to you feel healthier, right? You smile more because you enjoy your new appearance but unfortunately, it doesn’t always mean your pearly whites are free of decay and other common oral health problems. Read on to learn why whiter teeth don’t always mean your smile is in optimal shape and why you should continue to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.


3 Diet Trends That Are Harmful to Your Oral Health

January 25, 2022

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various foods and exercise equipment

It’s the start of a new year, and if you’re like most people, you probably have “losing weight” as one of your New Year’s Resolutions. Although there are many different types of exercise programs, you may be tempted to try one of the many diet trends influencers are promoting these days. Unfortunately, many of these can do more harm to your teeth than you might realize. A dentist in Richardson is here to provide three popular solutions you should stay away from if you want to maintain better oral health.


4 Holiday Foods to Avoid For a Healthier Smile in the New Year

December 6, 2021

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holiday treats to eat

The holidays are a time when families get together, enjoy each other’s company, play games, reminisce, and of course, eat delicious foods. What table wouldn’t be complete without gingerbread, eggnog, fruit cake, or classic stuffing? While these may be once-a-year treats, they can wreak havoc on your smile if you’re not careful. A dentist in Richardson explains why you might want to pass on these four holiday foods if you want your smile to shine this coming new year.


What Are the Parts of Your Mouth?

November 13, 2021

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healthy smile seen by dentist in Richardson

A mouth consists of lips, teeth, gums, and a tongue, right? While you’re not wrong, there are actually many more components you’re unaware of. A dentist in Richardson is here to explain how the parts of the mouth work and why you should commit to better oral hygiene to ensure your smile not only looks and feels its best but also functions accordingly.


3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Dental Benefits

October 9, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmcdougal @ 10:22 pm
a male patient waiting to see dentist in Richardson

If you have dental insurance, you understand the importance of regular care and how it impacts your current and future smile. By paying a monthly premium, you have access to a host of benefits that are designed to provide suitable coverage should you need it. So, what can you do to avoid losing valuable money while also taking better care of your smile? Hear from a dentist in Richardson who shares three ways to maximize your dental benefits before the end of the year.

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