“I’ve Never Seen a Smiling Face that Was Not Beautiful”

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Somebody once said that every smile makes you a day younger. At Paragon Dental, our purpose in life is to make you smile, which is why we believe that dentistry should be a warm, comfortable and yes – enjoyable – experience. Nobody should live a life where they’re too afraid to smile – nobody should feel too ashamed of their one feature that brings so many people joy – and nobody should be too afraid to go after that beautiful, sparkling symbol of youth. At Paragon Dental, we make it easy for you to achieve the smile that you’ve always wanted. Our team does everything possible to help you feel comfortable and relaxed—including educating you on what’s to be done and walking you through your entire procedure—because we understand how important a beautiful smile is, and we don’t want anyone feeling too uncomfortable – too anxious – or too afraid …

Dentures Speed Up Bone Loss and Cause Other Serious Challenges

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Once upon a time, dentures were worn solely to improve the appearance of a toothless smile. While they were made to be durable and attractive, functionality was of little concern, and they were often removed before eating. Today, however, dentures are both attractive and functional; but does that mean they’re a good tooth replacement option? Bone Loss, Aged Appearance, Decreased Health & Social Embarrassment Even today, dentures pose a number of challenges to the wearer. The most common problem is an unstable fit, which is due to the inevitable decline of the jawbone’s foundation. We say inevitable because, without the stimulation of tooth roots in the jawbone, bone loss occurs. And once the process of bone loss begins, it doesn’t stop. In fact, it only speeds up with the continued pressure of the dentures on the gum line. For those who sleep in their dentures, the rate of bone loss …

Dental Implants: The Better Tooth Replacement Option?

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At Paragon Dental, Inc., we believe in helping our patients achieve a strong, healthy smile so that they can live comfortably, and without the pain of tooth decay, the inconvenience of dentures, or the embarrassment of an unattractive smile. For many of our patients, that smile often comes in the form of dental implants. What Are Dental Implants? In a nutshell, dental implants are a safe alternative to crowns, dental bridges or dentures. They’re a tooth replacement, but are favored above all other options, because they look and feel just like your natural teeth. This is due to the fact that they don’t just sit on your exposed gum line, as dentures do, but rather, they “anchor” into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. Better yet, the jawbone and titanium root (for that’s what the artificial root is made of) go through a process called …

8 Health Effects of Poor Oral Hygiene On Your Overall Health

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We’re told all of our lives to “brush and floss” and to take care of our teeth if we want to keep them forever, but it’s only recently that we’re beginning to understand just how important caring for our teeth actually is. Doctors and dentists alike are starting to view the mouth as the “gateway to the body,” as bacteria from the teeth and gums can negatively affect your overall health in more ways than one… Here are 8 KNOWN links between oral and overall health that you might want to consider next time you think about skipping brushing, flossing or your next dental appointment:    Heart Disease/Stroke: The link between heart disease/stroke and poor oral health is one of the strongest links dental researchers have pinpointed to date. According to numerous studies, people with periodontal disease are two times more likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing than those …

The Dangers of a Dental Abscess and How to Prevent Them

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A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is an accumulation of pus that gathers inside the teeth or gums. They occur when proper oral hygiene is neglected, and when plaque is allowed to accumulate inside the tooth or gums. This results in a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the teeth. While a fairly common occurrence, left untreated, a tooth abscess can be extremely dangerous, and even life threatening. In 2007, one 12 year old boy in Maryland died because the infection caused by a tooth abscess spread to his brain. While his case in particular drew widespread media attention, studies show that deaths from these preventable infections aren’t as uncommon as we once thought. The number of Americans hospitalized because of tooth abscesses is on the rise, and likewise, so are the number of deaths. According to the statistics, the number of people hospitalized …

How Does What I Eat Affect My Oral Health?

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Tooth decay and gum disease are two of the most common diseases of modern society. This is a fairly new occurrence, as ancient civilizations—and even generations as recent as 100 years ago—didn’t have nearly the prevalence rate of decay or gum disease as we do today. Studies reveal that this isn’t an accident of evolution, but rather, a fate of our own making. Our modern diet—which consists of manufactured goods and processed sugar—contributes heavily to poor oral health. By altering our diets to eliminate or reduce these foods, we can reduce our risk for oral disease exponentially. Poor nutrition takes a toll on the entire body—especially the immune system. When the immune system is attacked, you become much more susceptible to many disorders—including oral disease. Periodontal disease has an especially significant effect on the body, as the bacteria responsible for the disease is also responsible for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. …

Sleeping With Dentures May Cause Pneumonia in Elderly Patients

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When you made the decision to get dentures, you did so with one thing in mind: having a whole, healthy smile again. And they’ve been able to provide that for you, to an extent. However, what you didn’t count on was the maintenance they would require. And oh boy, do dentures require a lot of maintenance! You have to brush them in a special way, use a special paste, take them out when eating certain meals, place them in just-the-right-temperature water, have them refit, etc., etc., etc… Unfortunately, dentures are difficult to care for, but at Paragon Dental, we do our best to try and educate you on everything you need to know to make your dentures last. Including keeping you up to date on all of the latest research behind the replacement tooth option. Just recently, we read an article that outlined the dangers of falling asleep with your …

Make the Choice To Live The Life You’ve Always Wanted

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“A new smile.” This is a phrase that many people hear and think to themselves, what does that even mean? To us at Paragon Dental, it means restoring your teeth to a healthy looking, beautiful state. A state before time wore them down, stained them, riddled them with cracks and chips, and pushed them to and fro to make way for fellow teeth. Whether or not you realize it, the appearance of your teeth greatly affects how you perceive yourself and, similarly, how others perceive you. If you’re uncomfortable with the way your smile looks, you subconsciously hide behind closed lips and a quiet demeanor. Instead of going after the things you want out of life – whether it be a new job, a promotion, a great date or just a good time in general – you sit back and watch as others take control of their lives as you …

Taking Care of Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

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With Thanksgiving less than a month away, our team at Paragon Dental wants to express how thankful we are to have you as a part of our dental family. Our practice really would not be the practice it is today without patients like you! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, and to show our thanks, we have a few tips that will help keep your smiles healthy during this feasting holiday, and for all other holidays to come. While we understand the desire to stuff yourself with rolls, stuffing, pies, cakes and all the other wonderful treats that normally flood the Thanksgiving table, this carbohydrate-rich, sugary diet can really do a number on your smile. However, luckily for you, there are some easy ways to combat damage while still being able to enjoy the feast put before you. 1)   Try to keep your meal as balanced as possible. If you opt …

A Quick Shout Out To Say Thank You, Modern Dental Technology

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At Paragon Dental, we are thankful for so much: you, our amazing team members, pumpkin pie, the golden leaves of fall and the many advancements in dental technology. And while we assume our patients are thankful for the first four too, we know they’re thankful for the last. We don’t need to tell you about how far along modern technology has come in the past couple of decades, but we can’t help but to brag about the advancements in dental technology, especially since these advancements have made it far easier to care for our patients in a comfortable, safe and pain-free manner. At Paragon Dental, building trust with each of our patients is fundamental in achieving the desired results, and these new technologies help to establish that trust by helping us be the caring, compassionate and skilled dental team we know we can be. For those of you who aren’t …