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Want Your Child To Have a Healthy Smile? Schedule a Summer Dental Visit!

June 5, 2019

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Little Boy Getting Exam

An estimated 42% of children age 2-11 have had tooth decay in their baby teeth, and around 21% of kids age 6-11 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Despite these statistics, cavities are completely preventable. One of the best tools for prevention is regular checkups, and since school just ended for the year, there’s no better time! Keep reading to find out how summer dental visits for your kids can help them avoid tooth decay and look forward to a lifetime of great dental health.

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Did You Know? Increasing Your Oral Cancer Awareness in Richardson

April 4, 2019

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oral cancer ribbon

You think it won’t happen to you until it does. Oral cancer is a serious disease that claims many lives each year, and it doesn’t just affect those who smoke or drink alcohol heavily. It may also surprise you to learn that your dentist can help you find it early, helping improve your chances of beating it. This April, which is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, is the perfect time to learn more about oral  cancer and ways to ensure that you can catch it sooner rather than later.

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Valuable Information From a Dentist For National Children’s Dental Health Month!

February 1, 2019

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Smiling child in the dental chair

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, you’ll get valuable information in this blog about childhood oral health that every parent should know. And, although these statistics are concerning, the good news is that there are many effective ways to completely prevent oral health problems. That’s why you’ll also get tips for preventing these issues so you can minimize the amount of work your child needs from a dentist and help them have a healthy smile for life. Learn more below!

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Make Oral Health in Richardson a #1 Priority This Year!

January 4, 2019

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A woman at her dental appointment.

Resolutions tend to focus on eating less, exercising more and quitting all tobacco products. However, it’s rare that you ever hear someone commit to visiting their dentist twice a year or finally get that long overdue restoration placed. While many people don’t realize it, oral health in Richardson is widely tied to your overall health as well. For years, dentists and researchers have continuously shown that oral health can dramatically affect your overall health if ignored.

This year, take a moment to consider why it’s time to get that treatment you may have been putting off.

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Don’t Let Your 2018 Dental Insurance Go to Waste!

November 20, 2018

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dental appointmentCan you believe that in mere weeks, 2018 will be over? As the end of the year approaches, you might be caught up in a whirlwind of family events and celebrations. However, you should still carve out time to take care of other important matters, including your dental health. Getting a checkup before the doors close on 2018 will help you make sure that you aren’t letting your dental insurance go to waste. Let’s talk about how you can get the most out of your benefits before they expire.

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3 Tips to Help You Adjust to New Dentures in Richardson

September 16, 2018

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Dentures in handAre you adjusting to life with a new set of artificial teeth? According to the American Dental Association, it is common for patients to experience some minor soreness after getting new dentures. However, while your dentures may feel a bit strange in your mouth at first, keep in mind any discomfort you experience will be temporary. Within a few weeks’ time, you will be smiling at how comfortable your new teeth feel in your mouth. In the meantime, follow the 3 helpful tips below to ease your transition into life with new dentures in Richardson.

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All Your Questions Answered for Invisalign in Richardson

August 14, 2018

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Woman with clear plastic aligner.Having a beautiful smile gives you the confidence to achieve great things! If your teeth are crooked or overlap, Invisalign in Richardson is an excellent solution for straightening your teeth without having to use traditional braces. Would you like to know more about this innovative treatment? Read on for the answers to all of your important questions.

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Your Dentist in Richardson Defines Cavities and How to Avoid Them

July 4, 2018

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A woman holding an illustration of a decayed mouth.One of the most common dental diseases people have is tooth decay. According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics from 2011 to 2012, approximately 91 percent of adults aged 20 to 64 had dental caries at some point. That number inched up to 96 percent once adults hit 65 years of age.

If your dentist in Richardson is telling you that you’re at risk of cavities or that he’s found a cavity since your last visit, you’ll want to read this post on where they come from and how to prevent them in the future!

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Flossing VS Bad Breath

June 12, 2018

Young woman flossing teethWe’ve heard it all before. I don’t have time to floss. I always forget. It hurts. I’m no good at flossing. Whatever your excuse is for skipping your daily flossing, it’s time to start up the habit again and stick with it. Most changes to your oral health care routine will have immediate benefits, so you feel rewarded and want to continue. Flossing takes some dedication since the rewards aren’t immediately apparent. For the first few days you are flossing properly, you will likely experience some soft tissue inflammation and discomfort. However, this should improve after about a week of diligent, daily flossing, and you’ll begin to notice improvements in your oral health, especially at your six month exams. Flossing reduces the risk for gum disease and tooth decay. One other change many patients notice when they start flossing daily is improved breath. In this post, we’ll discuss how adding flossing to your at-home preventive dentistry routine can improve your breath and overall oral hygiene.
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Why is My Orthodontist in Richardson Making Me Wear Retainers?

June 9, 2018

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woman with retainer and clear alignerIf you’re dealing with misaligned, crooked, gapped or crowded teeth, then you’re suffering from a loss of function and a less appealing smile. Thankfully, your orthodontist in Richardson can remedy that by fitting you with custom-made Invisalign aligners. You’re wondering, though, why you need to wear retainers after the treatment process is done. “Shouldn’t the clear trays be good enough?” You wonder. Read on to get the answers you need.

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