Does Your Child Have Frequent Sore Throats?

September 18, 2020

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In decades past, doctors performed more tonsillectomies on kids. If you were a child with frequent sore throats, “getting your tonsils out” was a rite of passage.

A tonsillectomy was once a common procedure to treat infection and inflammation of the tonsils (tonsillitis). Today, a tonsillectomy is usually performed for sleep-disordered breathing but may still be a treatment when tonsillitis occurs frequently or doesn’t respond to other treatments. Mayo Clinic

Let’s talk about tonsil infections.

Your tonsils sit at the base of the tongue, one on each side. They are part of the body’s lymphatic system. As such, they are part of your immune system.

Tonsils are made of infection-fighting tissue known as lymphocytes, but, in many cases, tonsils aren’t really that efficient at their job of germ-killing and ridding the body of toxins. Adenoids are made up of similar tissue but are located behind the nasal cavity.

Bacteria, mucus, and dead cells can get trapped on the outside of your tonsils. If this debris accumulates and becomes concentrated, white formations can occur. In rare cases, it hardens and becomes a tonsil stone or tonsillolith.

Tonsil infection is characterized by:

Bad breath
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
Ear pain
Swelling of tonsils

Some children have persistent tonsil infections that eventually require surgical removal of the tonsils. If your child complains of throat pain, it’s vital to discuss treatment with your dentist or doctor.

If your child has frequent sore throats, ask your physician to check their tonsils. Young children may have difficulty describing where the pain is coming from.

Regular visits with a pediatrician are for your child. Regular dental check-ups are just as critical. If your young child has never seen a dentist, or if you are new to the area and don’t have a children’s dentist, call us at 972-690-6653 to schedule an appointment.

Your pediatric dentist can determine if the mouth pain is the result of a sore throat or dental issue.

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Keep Active Smiles Healthy

September 11, 2020

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It’s hard to enjoy sports if you have dental problems.

Despite many athletes being health-conscious, there is a concerning rate of tooth problems among athletes of all ages.

Let’s discuss two alarming studies.

40% of athletes reported oral health problems

A study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health impacts athletic performance at the elite level.

“More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”

Higher rates of dental disease even with more frequent brushing

A recent study released in Science Daily found that elite athletes have higher rates of dental disease even though they brush more often. Over 90% of 352 Olympic and professional athletes studied reported dental problems.

Energy drinks and gels may be the problem

In the study, 59% reported using energy bars, 87% reported using energy drinks, and 70% reported using energy gels. These substances are often packed with sugar, acid, and enamel-destroying chemicals.

Richardson parents cautioned against kids’ energy drink use

We strongly recommend parents not to let their kids drink energy drinks. If your children use energy bars and gels, make sure they rinse their mouth out after use. If the sugar and acids sit on the teeth, it will eventually weaken enamel.

Most dental problems are preventable

The dental issues experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth.

Protect against mouth injuries

Athletes are also in jeopardy of mouth injuries suffered while competing or training. Tooth trauma can prevent injured athletes from competing in the short term and cause ongoing complications down the road.

Make sure your child wears a custom mouthguard when participating in sports

If it has been a while since your son or daughter has had a dental exam, we invite you to schedule a check-up and cleaning.

Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry is located at 700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240 in Richardson, Texas. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. You can read more about our services at http://www.richardsoncosmeticdentistry.com/blog/.

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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The 411 on TMJ

September 4, 2020

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Do you have unexplained pain or clicking sounds in your jaw? They can be signs of serious oral issues.

Some ailments with the jaw and the muscles that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But it’s also frequently called TMJ, because that’s the acronym for the name of the joint. Technically, that’s not correct.

“Temp-or-o-man-di-what?!

Let’s consider what this means. The word temporomandibular (pronounced ‘temp-ur-o-man-di-bye-ler) is defined as ‘of, relating to, being, or affecting the joint that connects the temporal bone and the mandible.’

(We are not betting people, but if we were, we would bet that you did not foresee an anatomy lesson from your dentist.) The temporal bones are located at the sides and base of your skull and include five parts, the squama, the petrous, mastoid, tympanic parts, and styloid process. The mandible is the lower jaw, and, anatomically speaking, holds your whole face together.

What are the signs of TMD?

If you have jaw problems, either due to a crash, arthritis, misalignment of teeth or jaw, teeth grinding and clenching, poor posture, or chewing gum, you may experience:

  • tooth grinding or clicking
  • jaw pain
  • earaches
  • popping sounds in your ears
  • headaches
  • stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • locking of the jaw joint
  • pain in the temple area

Quite often, TMJ symptoms will go away on their own. Some men and women who experience TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of issues, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A valid diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

If your TMD symptoms don’t go away on their own, seek professional help. Chronic TMD can be debilitating and your dentist can help. Dentists that treat TMD carefully coordinate with a network of specialists including ENT specialists, neurologists, and physical therapists. Talk to a healthcare professional.

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

August 28, 2020

Richardson Cosmetic DentistryToday’s article highlights how general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are different.

General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will determine the best way to restore the tooth involved.

Cosmetic dentists offer elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

Some dentists, like myself, offer both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to avert decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry, my compassionate team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures.

We treat area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many individuals were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly patients might have crowns that are older than our hygienists.)

Experienced dental professionals who provide pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.

If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the North Dallas area, I invite you visit Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry in Richardson. To schedule an oral examination or cosmetic dental smile makeover consultation, call 972-690-6653.

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Baby Talk (About Oral Health)

August 21, 2020

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Taking care of an infant can be exciting, exhausting, and confusing. (All within the space of an hour.)

You worry about your child’s safety. “Did I cover all the outlets?” “Are the medicines locked away?”

You worry about your baby’s development. “Is he growing on schedule?” “Shouldn’t she be talking by now?”

And you worry about your baby’s health. “Is it an ear infection or strep?” “What are those red bumps?”

Those first few years can be stressful. New parents are on information overload.

It’s understandable that some new moms and dads don’t give their child’s oral health a second thought.

That’s unfortunate. Proactive preventative dentistry has a significant influence on your youngster’s health. Total health. Overall physical health. Oral health is not a separate entity.

Early childhood tooth decay is:

  • Rampant through the U.S.
  • Completely preventable

Has your toddler had a dental examination? If not, now’s the time.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry counsels moms and dads to start dental visits soon after the first tooth appears.

We invite you to set up a pediatric dental checkup at Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry as early as possible. We help new parents keep their baby’s teeth healthy and prevent future issues.

Let’s discuss your toddler’s oral challenges and make a plan to prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants and fluoride supplements can help. We can discuss thumb-sucking, pacifier use, and other behaviors that can impact dental health.

We know you want the best for your child.

And so do we.

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure

August 14, 2020

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Nervous about an upcoming procedure? Let Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically before your big dental day.

First, remember Dr. Kerry M. Goad is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

Second, take some time to relax and discover what you are anxious about. Take deep breaths and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better you. Remember that many people have been in your shoes and everything worked out fine.

Third, know your medical history. You may be asked to fill out a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

Fourth, have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we know all the dental work or cosmetic dentistry you want to get done, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, adult orthodontics, and general dentistry to name just a few.

Fifth, trust the outstanding staff at Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry to guide you through the before, during, and after the process. We’ve been doing this since 1978.

Sixth, our final critical suggestion! Ask all the questions that you want to be answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Dental Implants And Smile Makeovers

August 7, 2020

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What makes a pleasing smile?

White teeth? Uniformly-shaped teeth? Straight teeth?

What issues prevent brilliant smiles?

Crooked teeth are ordinarily considered unattractive. Yellow or gray teeth shrink the appeal of a smile—even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned.

Beauty, it has been said, is in the eye of the beholder.

There are unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become a trademark. Anna Paquin, Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces.

Other people weren’t comfortable with gaps so they transformed their smiles with innovative cosmetic dentistry.

Missing Teeth

Most men and women agree that missing teeth detract from a smile. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth shows. Even if the remaining teeth are white, straight, and pleasingly shaped, the eyes fixate on the gap that should hold a tooth.

Dental Implants and Smile Makeovers

The good news? You can restore missing teeth with dental implants! You can fix other problems with cosmetic dentistry. The combination is called a cosmetic dental smile makeover.

Cosmetic dentists combine dental implants with additional procedures to design remarkable smiles. Possible treatments include teeth whitening, orthodontia, veneers, white filling replacement, and gum contouring.

Great cosmetic dentists are professionals with extensive training. Successful outcomes don’t transpire by chance.

They use basic design principals in smile transformations. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. In addition, they also consider the features of the gums, lips, and facial features.

If you want an attractive smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist about dental implants and restorative dentistry. Learn about the possibilities for your smile.

 

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Starting Chemo? How Are Your Teeth?

July 31, 2020

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If you are scheduled for cancer treatment due to a recent diagnosis or relapse, oral health is probably not your first priority. However, the team at Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry directs you to give some attention to your teeth to prevent or minimize common cancer-related dental complications.

According to the National Institutes of Health, cancer treatment often takes a heavy toll on oral health.

Common Complications of Chemotherapy and/or Radiation

Inflammation of the mucous membranes
Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
Mouth dryness (increases risk of cavities)
Poor nutrition due to eating difficulties
Mouth pain
Oral bleeding
Lifelong risk of tooth decay
Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles (may make opening mouth difficult)
Bone recession due to decreased blood flow
Tooth loss

Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry in Richardson wants to help you maintain oral health before, during, and after your cancer treatment. We offer comprehensive preventative and restorative dental services including cosmetic dentistry, adult orthodontics, sedation dentistry

We extend to our dental patients battling cancer our sincere hopes for your successful treatment. It is a pleasure to serve your dental care needs.

“Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do,” National Institutes of Health, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/CancerTreatment/OralComplicationsCancerOral.htm, accessed on May 27, 2014

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Creating Beautiful Smiles At Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry

July 24, 2020

Creating beautiful Richardson smiles at Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry I am glad you found our blog! I’m Kerry M. Goad, DDS, of Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry, full-service dental practice in Richardson. I am a proud member of American Dental Association. My profession is dentistry, but my passion is providing superior and affordable Richardson dental care for my patients.

I began serving Texas residents in the North Dallas area back in 1978. Since that time, my profession has undergone dramatic changes that have benefited my Plano teeth whitening patients and Lake Highlands tooth restoration patients in many ways.

We offer cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

I know my Richardson dentistry patients have many choices for their Plano dental care and work hard every day to surpass expectations.

I build long-term relationships with my Garland cosmetic dentistry and Lake Highlands orthodontic patients. I constantly educate myself on the latest procedures to determine how I can best serve my patients.

My Plano lumineers patients appreciate the time I take to thoroughly analyze their total oral health. My compassionate staff enjoys keeping my Richardson family dentistry practice running smoothly so I can concentrate on what I do best—serving my North Dallas patients!

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Are All Clear Aligners Alike?

July 17, 2020

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If you are researching orthodontics, you have probably heard about clear aligners. They offer several advantages over traditional metal braces. The most popular benefit is the fact that they are nearly invisible.

Millions of individuals have straightened their teeth with aligners in the past twenty years since they were invented.

We’re here to help with your research. Note that your orthodontist may not offer all types of clear aligners. This post is for informational purposes only.

Invisalign

Invisalign pioneered clear aligner orthodontics. Established in 1997, Invisalign has shaped more than 6 million smiles throughout the world.

Invisalign (as with the other types) uses virtual modeling software to create custom aligners formed specifically for your teeth.

First, you’ll start with a consultation where an orthodontist will look at your teeth. They will work with you to determine which Invisalign treatment plan will work best for your teeth, lifestyle, and dental goals. Then, they will set you up with aligners that are customized for you.

It’s important to note that you will never be left on your own to figure out what step is next. Your orthodontist will be with you every step of the way. Finally, you just live your life, while sticking to the guidelines set out for you by your doctor.

ClearCorrect

This is how the company describes their product: Clear. Simple. Friendly. Made of polyurethane, these aligners can straighten your smile discreetly and effortlessly.

ClearCorrect is run by a team of highly trained professionals. They have added many innovations to the diagnostic and treatment process. Many orthodontists believe it’s the most convenient system for both patients and doctors.

Over 10,000 doctors use ClearCorrect. Many ClearCorrect providers offer flexible payment plans.

SmileDirectClub (And Other At-Home Systems)

Though we don’t suggest this system, let’s talk about the “mail-order orthodontics” products. We are including an explanation of SmileDirectClub and other at-home systems so you’ll be aware of their potential dangers and limitations.

SmileDirectClub provides custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They advertise an average cost savings of 60% of orthodontist-administered Invisalign and similar systems. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.

All aligner systems require a 3D image of your teeth. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your doctor creates the scan in their office.

With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” for a scan. There are SmileShops in every U.S. state but you may have to make a long trip. They also provide you the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.

Your treatment is supposedly supervised by a dentist or orthodontist—but you don’t visit them in person. Your dentist doesn’t take X-rays or examine your progress.

Because of this, we don’t recommend these types of systems. Your smile is too important to use a DIY approach. Your teeth could end up worse than before! The problems could be pricey to correct. In a worst-case situation, you could experience irreversible damage.

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have issued warnings against at-home orthodontics.

Schedule a consultation at Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry to determine which system is best for you.

 

Contact Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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