Thank You, For Placing Your Trust In Us!

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When it comes to choosing a dentist, we know that you have a lot of choices, which is why we want to take a moment to thank you for choosing us. Whether this is your first year at our office, or you’ve been with us since before our name change in 2006, we are truly thankful that we get to celebrate this upcoming holiday season with you. At Paragon Dental, we work hard to eliminate any stigma associated with dentistry. Before we even opened our practice, we noticed that there was a fundamental distrust between dentist and patient. Because of this, it was our vision to create an environment where trust comes first. And we’ve been able to do that every day since opening our doors, thanks to patients like you. As our patients know, dentistry truly is a team effort, and without your trust and cooperation, we wouldn’t be …

We May Be Your Dentists, But We’re Anything But Boring

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At Paragon Dental, we believe that while good oral health should be taken seriously, there’s no reason it can’t be fun too! Okay, maybe dentistry won’t ever be considered “fun” by any patient’s standards, but our friendly and lighthearted team sure does their best to make sure your first visit is comfortable, relaxing and yes, even enjoyable. At Paragon Dental, we’re all skilled, highly qualified, educated and well trained professionals—who know how to make people feel at home in a notoriously nerve-wracking environment. We know that dentistry is scary for some – an inconvenience for others – and just a necessity for most, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try our best to make your experience one to remember. By treating you with the same level of respect and hospitality you’d extend in your own home, you’ll forget you’re there to have your teeth worked on at all, and instead, …

What’s Mine is Yours—Including My Cavities

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It’s common practice for parents to taste their baby’s food before feeding it to them, but has this practice contributed to more cavities than necessary? We think so. Early Childhood Caries – or ECC for short – is one of the most common childhood diseases. It’s a serious health problem, and is characterized by severe decay in the teeth of infants or young children. Fortunately, it is easily prevented. Unfortunately, too many people don’t know about ECC and so don’t take proper precautionary measures to do so. ECC is generally a consequence of parents and/or guardians tasting a baby’s food and/or letting that baby put their fingers into the parent’s or guardian’s mouth. If ECC is not treated early on, it can cause severe pain and swelling in the mouth, face and neck. In extreme instances, operations are the only way to stop the baby’s dental pain and suffering. There …

When Eating Ice-Cream Is No Longer Fun, It’s Time to Call the Dentist.

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Eating ice-cream. Drinking hot coffee. Enjoying an iced beverage. Even brushing your teeth! When these things become more painful than easy or enjoyable, it’s time to accept the fact: you have sensitive teeth. In healthy teeth, there is a little layer of something called enamel, which protects the crowns of your teeth—or everything above the gum line. Underneath that protective layer is another layer called cementum, which protects the tooth root. And under that layer is the dentin, which is less dense that it’s two preceding layers and contains microscopic tubules (hollow tubes or canals). When the tooth loses the enamel and cementum layers, the dentin is exposed, allowing heat and cold, or acidic or sticky foods, to reach the nerves inside the tooth. The result is hypersensitivity. Possible causes for the loss of enamel and cementum include:      Tooth decay (cavities)      Fractured teeth      Worn fillings      Gum disease      Worn tooth enamel …

So, you think it’s cute when your pooch gives your little one a smooch?

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It’s no secret that when a child and their dog grow up together, their bond becomes the stuff that movies are made of. So when they share a smooch or two, instead of reacting with disgust, parents and relatives can’t help but to go “Awww!” But is this lackadaisical response a tad inappropriate considering, you know, that we don’t ever really know where our dogs’ mouths have been? Unfortunately, many parents don’t think about the bacteria a dog’s mouth can carry, but they should! One Nebraska family learned this the hard way… When children get gum disease, it’s always much less severe than when an adult gets it. Maybe the gums become inflamed, and maybe they bleed a bit. But it certainly never gets to the point where their teeth are falling out! Yet, in Nebraska, that’s exactly what happened to one young patient—they came down with adult periodontal disease. …

Ghosts and Goblins, Candy and…Cavities? How to Prevent Them This Year

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Where has the time gone? It seems as if we were just ringing in the new year, and now fall is already upon us and Halloween is just around the corner. And while we love the ghoulish holiday as much as the next person, as dentists, we worry about all that free candy kids across the U.S. are going to be getting on Halloween night. With pillowcases full of Dum-Dums and Smarties, Tootsie Pops and Milk-Duds, we feel a need to remind parents that, while candy can be fun, it presents a number of health and safety challenges their children wouldn’t face otherwise. We’re not here to take the fun out of trick-or-treating, but what kind of dentists would we be if we didn’t provide you with a few ways to keep your children’s teeth healthy and smiles beautiful during the holiday season? Not very good ones. So, here are …

What You Need to Now About Canker Sores

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So, you have a sore inside of your mouth that’s making eating and drinking uncomfortable. Even when your mouth is relaxed, it’s painful – with a tingling or burning sensation always reminding you that “hey, I’m here!” When you check out the pesky bugger in the mirror, you see that it’s a round, white-ish/grey-ish sore ringed with red. Your first thought: you have an abscess in your mouth. Don’t worry – it’s nothing that serious! What you are experiencing is a little something called a canker sore. Canker sores are annoying, yes, but they’re not dangerous. The most harm they can cause is maybe a slight fever and swollen lymph nodes. While they seem to last forever, in actuality, they only last for a week or two. And that’s without treatment. Why Do Canker Sores Happen? The exact cause of canker sores is unknown, but there is a strong correlation …

Where Tooth-Whitening & Ice-Cream is the Norm

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Imagine getting restorative dental work done in order to get rid of all those chips, cracks and imperfections, only to look in the mirror afterwards and see that while all of your teeth may be smooth, your smile is several different shades of yellow and white! Not exactly the look you had in mind when you signed up for treatment, was it? Luckily for you, teeth bleaching is a very simple and effective solution for tooth discoloration. At Paragon Dental, we bleach your teeth before performing any restorative work, that way we can match the restoration materials to your natural teeth. When you turn around and look in the mirror, you won’t be upset by a spotted smile – instead, you’ll be thrilled at the dazzling, smooth smile in its place. But Doesn’t Bleaching Hurt? It is true that several whitening agents tend to cause already sensitive teeth to become …

Not Just Another Post About The Effects of Smoking On Your Health…

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You already know that smoking is bad for your health – we won’t insult you by reiterating the point again. However, we hope that if we can appeal to your vanities, quitting may be more appealing to you… Here are a few unattractive qualities that we tend to see in most of our smoking patients:      Discolored teeth      Bad breath      Increased buildup of plaque and tartar      Increased bone loss      Increased risk of tooth loss      Lower success rate of dental implants once all those teeth fall out But if cosmetics aren’t that big of a deal for you, think about these not so pleasant side effects of your habit:      Inflammation of the salivary glands, causing openings in the roof of the mouth      Increased risk of leukoplakia, or white patches in the mouth (both aesthetically concerning and a health hazard)      Increased risk of gum disease (the leading cause of tooth loss)      Delayed healing …