McDougal and Richards Dentistry Blog

Which Foods Help to Build a Healthy Smile?

June 23, 2021

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a plate full of salad greens and grilled chicken

Did you know that your diet plays a vital role in the health of your smile? When you think about it, everything you consume must pass through your oral cavity before reaching your stomach and impacting your waistline. Because of all the bacteria and food particles that remain inside your mouth while eating, you can be at risk for tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and even bad breath. If you want to be more mindful of what you’re eating and how it affects your teeth and soft oral tissues, a dentist in Richardson shares which foods can ensure a positive and healthy smile.


3 Reasons to Brighten Your Smile for Summer

May 22, 2021

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a young man wearing sunglasses and showing off his smile after having his teeth whitened by a dentist in Richardson

Do you have big summer plans? Are you looking to get away with friends and family for a week at the beach? Or are planning to just enjoy the outdoors and spending time by the pool? No matter what you have in store for the warm months ahead, make sure your smile is ready for every photo-worthy opportunity. A dentist in Richardson is here to explain why summer is the best time for whitening your smile and embracing a happier, healthier you.


Invisalign vs. Braces: Which One is Right for You?

April 11, 2021

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a young woman holds an Invisalign aligner and a mouth mold with traditional braces

When learning you need orthodontic treatment, you might immediately assume metal braces are the only way you can achieve a straighter smile. Although there are various options available, the complexity of your case will ultimately determine if you need traditional orthodontics or clear aligners – a preferred choice for self-conscious, busy adults. In this article, a local dentist will explain the difference between Invisalign vs. braces to help you better understand which option will help you get the results you desire.


Don’t Forget to Floss Your Teeth! Learn Why It’s Important for Your Oral Health

March 7, 2021

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a young man standing in front of his mirror flossing his teeth

If you’re like most people, you may find that brushing is easy enough to accomplish; however, flossing is too time-consuming and not “worth it.” This unfortunate mindset is why many individuals are suffering from gum disease. By avoiding this critical task, you can be putting your oral and overall health at risk. A dentist in Richardson explains why taking a few additional minutes to floss your teeth each day can make a dramatic difference in the health and longevity of your smile.


Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

February 12, 2021

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a middle-aged man wearing a suit and tie, smiling after receiving his dental implants

No matter how many of your teeth are missing, you understand the importance of finding the right replacement solution. When talking with your dentist about available options, you may begin to wonder if dental implants in Richardson, which are considered the gold standard, are worth the investment. While they do offer far more benefits than other, more traditional tooth replacements, they are more expensive. So, are they worth it? Read on to hear from a local dentist who explains why this particular replacement solution is worth every penny.


New Year, Improved Smile: 4 Tips for Better Oral Health

January 8, 2021

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a young woman showing off her healthy, beautiful smile

A new year means making changes and accepting challenges, right? Do you long to move to a new city and find a fulfilling job? Are you ready to shed unwanted pounds? Is it time to start taking your oral healthcare seriously? One of the best ways to start 2021 is by taking steps to improve your teeth and gums. Because they are the first things people notice about you, a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile can help you make other changes in your life. If you’re ready to say “yes” to better oral health, a dentist in Richardson shares 4 tips you can adopt that will make a dramatic difference in the life of your smile.


Fill Up the Stockings: Gift Ideas to Keep Smiles Healthy This Season

December 10, 2020

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an image of three stockings hanging over the fireplace and a Christmas tree

When you think about filling your child’s stocking this year, what do you plan to put in it? If you’re like most people, you might turn to small toys, trinkets, gum, and even candy. While some of these items are just fine to give as “extra” presents, others filled with sugar can do more harm than good. If you want to avoid a dental emergency or future dental filling because your child develops a cavity over the holidays, a dentist in Richardson shares a few gift ideas to keep their smile healthy and bright this season. 


3 Questions to Ask Your Dentist During Your Next Appointment

November 8, 2020

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a young female listening to her dentist in Richardson speak

When visiting your dentist, you probably let them do most of the talking. After all, they are the ones examining your smile and alerting you to any problems they see during the checkup and cleaning. While it is fine to listen closely and allow them to inform you about the current state of your oral health, it’s also important that you can ask necessary questions so you can make a confident decision regarding treatment. To help you get started with your list, a dentist in Richardson shares 3 questions you should ask the next time you arrive for an appointment.


5 Tips For a Healthier Smile During National Dental Hygiene Month

October 9, 2020

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a young woman wearing a white t-shirt and glasses, smiling after seeing her dentist for a regular checkup and cleaning

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. This means your dentist is likely encouraging you to not only get in for a regular dental checkup and cleaning but also refine your at-home oral health habits. Because this time of year may often cause you to spend more time grocery shopping, buying gifts, and preparing for an influx of family and friends than devoting your mornings and/or nights to brushing and flossing, it’s time to step back and learn how to you can stay committed to taking care of your smile. Read on to hear from a dentist in Richardson who shares 5 things you can do to achieve better oral health this month.


How to Know You’re a Good Candidate for Dental Implants

September 21, 2020

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an older woman looking at her dental implants in the mirror while seated in the dentist’s chair

You know you want to replace your missing teeth, and dental implants in Richardson are what you hope to receive when meeting with your dentist, but are you eligible for treatment? Because of the process that is required for successful implant placement, you must possess the right characteristics to be considered a “good candidate.” A local dentist shares what they will be looking for when you schedule a consultation to begin the tooth replacement process.

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